History

The War of 1812

This documentary shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history. How failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning reenactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the strange and awkward conflict that shaped the destiny of a continent.

The War of 1812

1h 53m

This documentary shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history. How failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning reenactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the strange and awkward conflict that shaped the destiny of a continent.

Episodes

  • The War of 1812: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The War of 1812

    1h 53m

    This documentary shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history. How failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning reenactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the strange and awkward conflict that shaped the destiny of a continent.

Extras + Features

  • The British Blockade: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The British Blockade

    4m 56s

    The British Blockade examines the stifling effects the British exerted on U.S. Navy and shipping. Americans took to privateering and outright trade with the enemy during the two year blockade that stretched from New England down to the Georgia coast.

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    The Canadian Perspective

    5m 35s

    The Canadian Perspective presents the British North American perspective on the U.S. failed invasions and on French Canadian rights and concerns.

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    The Making of the Documentary

    4m 3s

    The Making of The War of 1812 is a short video feature with interviews with director Lawrence Hott, cinematographer Stephen McCarthy and associate producer Rebecca Arndt. Filmed on location in Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario.

  • Peace: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Peace

    4m 27s

    Segment for PBS Learning Media

  • The Treaty of Ghent: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Treaty of Ghent

    6m 14s

    The Treaty of Ghent outlines the agreement that ended the war. The negotiating nations, Britain and the U.S. largely ignored the rights of Native nations in the settling of the conflict. The treaty was signed December 24, 1814, but not ratified until 1815.

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