Challenge to the New Republic: The War of 1812 examines the foreign policy challenges of the early U.S. administrations as the new nation struggled to gain international respect. Students consider the choices for America in 1812.
Online Resources from the Choices Program
Map of the United States in 1810
This map accompanies the reading in Challenge to the New Republic: The War of 1812. It portrays states and territories, the Louisiana Purchase, and Spanish possessions.
There are several websites that may be of use for each president covered in the reading. Below are examples of four types: PBS programs, White House biographies, the historical home of the president, and the Library of Congress archives.
Lesson plans, time lines, multimedia presentations, and documents
Short biography on the White House site.
Thomas Jefferson’s home. Includes biography, timeline, and artifacts.
Papers of James Madison
James Madison’s correspondence, a timeline, essays, and a short biography.
Heidler, David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler. The War of 1812 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002) 217 pages.
Hickey, Donald R. The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989) 457 pages.
White, Patrick C.T. A Nation on Trial: America and the War of 1812 (New York: Wiley, 1965) 177 pages.