A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812 by James Ellis

By James Ellis

New England was once tough hit by way of the warfare of 1812 with nice Britain. The warfare seriously injured the maritime and advertisement financial system and infected the variation in pursuits among the Northeast and the remainder of the rustic, the place agriculture used to be the mainstay. watching for the damage one other warfare with England may carry, New England's neighborhood leaders antagonistic it from the outset. celebration politics performed an enormous position. Federalists, dominant within the Northeast, at each flip badgered and challenged the conflict regulations of the management and its majority Democratic Republican celebration. New England's churchmen, nonetheless seriously stimulated via Puritanism, railed opposed to the ungodly activities of the nationwide executive. yet fiscal concerns proved to be a better resource of dissension. From earliest occasions, the historical past of latest England has been tied to the ocean. retailers, fishermen, and others depending on an open ocean have been devastated through the embargoes and blockades of the conflict. Unemployment deepened, companies failed, and privation unfold. This booklet pulls jointly fabric from interval resources (diaries, journals, logs, letters, executive files, newspapers) scattered through the records, libraries, museums, and city halls to piece jointly the background of America's northeastern seacoast from Connecticut to Maine. the writer livens the narrative via mixing exciting stories of universal folks with the march of epic occasions and clashes.

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In quick succession, places such as Easthampton, Goshen, Greenfield, Hatfield, and Southampton followed suit. An unsuccessful May 2 petition to the president from Buckstown simply sought special consideration instead of a general repeal. ”2 Throughout the embargo, the perishable nature of fish was a favorite but unavailing argument for an exception to the restrictions. Boston, for instance, made a similar vain appeal to Congress. The first prominent political victim of the gathering storm met his fate in June.

Ill-defined, the name more or less became associated with what is now New England, and, perhaps, parts of Atlantic Canada. The capital, a grand city of houses believed to be constructed on crystal and silver pillars, was thought to be located on the banks of the Penobscot River. The vain search for the fair city continued well into the 17th century. In reality, the fanciful city served as a symbol of a new goal — unlimited natural resources. The region possessed unglittering but boundless wealth — from fish and furs to forest products.

3 Though the major sects led the religious response to the war, the Quakers or Society of Friends cannot be overlooked. They played a meaningful part in the opposition to war in New England. A pacifist religion, they interpreted the Scriptures literally, and did not fight evil. Although, on the whole, few in number, Quakers occupied positions of respect and inordinate influence in places such as New Bedford and Nantucket. And they helped direct these communities away from hostile actions against the British.

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