In this discussion you will consider the position of James Madison in regards to the War of 1812. From his time as Secretary of State in the Jefferson Adminstration, Madison had been dealing with the difficult diplomatic task of avoiding war with Great Britain. Once he became president, he remained personally opposed to war, but events and Congress forced his hand.
- Refer to section 11.3 -“MADISON” of your textbook for this discussion.
Use the following questions to guide your thinking and to prepare for the class discussion.
- Why did Madison want to avoid a war when Britain continually interferred with American shipping?
- What was the impact of the war on the American people, particular those in New England?
- The war is normally viewed as an American victory – was it really? Why or why not?
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