War of 1812

By: Justin Doan

What was the War of 1812?

The War of 1812 was a battle between the US and Britain which started in 1812 and lasted two years until in 1814 when the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium was signed. This was the war which produced the US national anthem as well as saved the famous George Washington when Dolley Madison grabbed it from the White House when the British set the White House on fire.

So...was the war even worth fighting?

Well, it's tough to answer, but,in conclusion, it really wasn't. Sure it sparked cloth manufacturing and many other industries and we did gain worldwide respect for sticking up to one of the biggest superpowers in the world. But, it started to divide our country into the north and south. The north didn't want war and was totally fine being peaceful while the south wanted us to fight. The war of 1812 in a way sparked tensions between the north and south which in the end led to the brutal, bloody civil war, one of the worst times in American history. So, while we gained a lot economically, the Civil War and the segregation from the war that's still present today just didn't make the War of 1812 worth it.