Please note: This event will take place both in-person, at the Museum of the American Revolution, and virtually, via Zoom. The Zoom audience will be admitted to the program at 5:15 PM.
In the fifth annual Ginsburg-Satell Lecture on American Character and Identity, FPRI's Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall will discuss the 1812 war. The war has long been thought a mistake. Congress declared it after the British Parliament had repealed its infamous restrictions on American shipping (the news had not crossed the ocean). The American military failed to defeat the Redcoats, failed to conquer Canada, and failed to prevent a British invasion during which Washington City itself was torched. The war then ended in a peace treaty that failed to prevent the bloody Battle of New Orleans, which occurred the month after the treaty was signed (again, the news had not crossed the ocean). But persuasive, if circumstantial, evidence now suggests that the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans had momentous consequences for the territorial growth and political maturity of the United States of America.
The Annual Ginsburg-Satell Lecture on American Character and Identity is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stanley and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation and the Satell Family Foundation.
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Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St Philadelphia. PA. US. 19106
Walter A. McDougall - Walter A. McDougall is the Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Co-Chair of FPRI’s Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, Chairman of FPRI Board of Advisors, and sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis. He is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.