If someone stopped you on the street at this exact moment and asked you to explain what the War of 1812 was about, could you explain?
You would not be alone if you couldn't. When asked, my father said: "I have a hunch it involved men in red coats, American Indians and Daniel Day-Lewis." (He had two out of three.)
While generally being relegated to history books and classrooms, the War of 1812, also known as America's second war for independence, was important - and it still matters.
The first time the United States had declared war against another nation, it was not an action that enjoyed unanimous support in Congress.
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