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Additional Class Topics
For Further Interest: Additional Class Topics Chapter 12:
The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism, 1812 - 1824
Consider the War of 1812 in relation to
American nationalism. Discuss the way that Andrew Jacksons victory
in a battle fought after the peace treaty had been
signed enabled Americans to emerge with flag-waving patriotism after a bungled
and divisive war.
Review the demands made in the Hartford
Convention's final report. Were they reasonable remedies and thoughtful modifications
to the federal government, or were they simply partisan arguments for sectional
Analyze the Federalist opposition and
the Hartford Convention. Consider whether the charge of treason was justified.
Discuss the war in relation to Canada.
Consider how it might look from a Canadian perspective.
What might have been the official response
to the Monroe Doctrine in Britain, in the continental Europe (specifically
France and Spain), and in Latin America?
Analyze one or more of Marshalls
rulingsfor example, McCulloch v. Marylandin
order to show how he strengthened conservative federal power against the democratizing
tendencies of states rights.
Discuss the mixed motives behind the Monroe
Doctrine and the ambiguous meanings that could be attached to it. Consider
whether its primary purpose was to thwart Britain and the Old World powers,
to protect the Latin American republics, or assert American security interests.