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War of 1812

The National Debt

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject.

Presidents Day Special: Three Books on America's Founding Era

Steve Clemons | Posted 04.19.2014 | Books
Steve Clemons

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito makes a habit (hope sharing this doesn't ruin it) of attending most years a special tribute dinner at George and ...

First U.S. Default Ever? Not So Much.

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — You hear a perfect record cited over and over in the debt limit debate: The United States has never defaulted. Bette...

A Governor, a Canal, John Deere and the First American Agricultural Revolution

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

February 16 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent by the U.S. Senate, officially ending the War of 1812. Looking back, it seems that the year 2012 managed to pass by without any significant reference to it having been the bicentennial anniversary of that conflict with Great Britain.

Fiscal Cliff Solution? United States of CanAmerica

Robert Waite | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Waite

When I worked at IBM and when things seemed stuck -- we reorganized! Why can't North America do the same? Take the United States and Canada, combine the various provinces, states and territories, shake vigorously, and then pour them off into three distinct vessels: one Red, one Blue, and one White. The new Red nation would correspond to the U.S. Republican states of America's heartland and Deep South, combined with the oil, gas and grain-rich provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Let's call it "Heartlandia." The Queen would be Head of State and Newt Gingrich would be the prime minister

'Drummer Boy Of Fort McHenry' Gets Special Honor

The Baltimore Sun | Mary Gail Hare | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC

The numerous descendants of Henry Lightner may have inherited the mettle he displayed in battle when they set out to trace their roots, find his unmar...

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

'Land of the Free?' Francis Scott Key, Composer of National Anthem, Was Defender of Slavery

Jefferson Morley | Posted 07.03.2012 | DC
Jefferson Morley

Francis Scott Key, the Washington lawyer and poet who wrote the "Star Spangled Banner," is the most unknown famous person in American history. What does Key's forgotten story mean as the 200th anniversary of his most famous work approaches?

The Naval War of 1812: A Tale

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Andrew Reinbach

The road to the duel was long and circumstantial. There was, for instance, the matter of professional honor.

Remembering The War Of 1812 With Flag Raising, Muskets, Declaration Of War

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 06.18.2012 | Detroit

While many Americans know little about the War of 1812, which celebrates its bicentennial this week, Detroiters should pay attention: the war included...

WATCH: What Was The War Of 1812 About Again?

Posted 10.25.2011 | Comedy

What was the war of 1812 about again? That is the subject of the newest parody from College Humor. Like something out of a middle school cram sessi...

Star Spangled Ban-Oops

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Philip Neches

At last weekend's Super Bowl, Pop diva Christina Aguilera became the latest butcher of America's notoriously difficult national anthem. And no wonde...

Star Spangled Banner: What Francis Scott Key And The Prophet Jeremiah Have In Common

Religion News Service | By A. James Rudin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By A. James Rudin Religion News Service (RNS) What do "Star Spangled Banner" lyricist Francis Scott Key and Hebrew prophet Jeremiah have in common? A...

White House Gate Crashing, From Andrew Jackson To Grace Slick

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While Washington is all a-twitter over two society climbers crashing the gates at an Obama soirée, in the grand sweep of history, it was a fairly minor event. No one was in danger, and no real harm was done, nobody got dosed with LSD.

Paterson Bans Texting, Use Of "Oriental"

AP | Michael Gormley | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- It's now illegal to text, tweet or surf while driving in New York. Gov. David Paterson announced Thursday that he signed the a...

Does Anybody Know What Cinco de Mayo Is All About?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Cubias

Cinco de Mayo more about national pride and standing up to imperialist Europeans. I guess it's sort of like Americans celebrating the Battle of New Orleans from the War of 1812.