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August 2012
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Relive The Conflict That Forged The Destiny Of A Continent

The War of 1812 explores this significant event from divergent points of view. Leading historians, battle re-enactors and historic images help bring this defining conflict to life.

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations. Some of the War of 1812’s battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent.

This film shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history, how failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever.

The War of 1812 recollects defining moments that are more familiar: the burning of Washington, D.C., and First Lady Dolley Madison’s rescue of a portrait of George Washington from the White House; Andrew Jackson’s total victory at the Battle of New Orleans; and the birth of the American national anthem, penned by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry.

With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 reveals little-known sides of an important war.

Check out an extended preview below of the two-hour documentary The War of 1812 and be sure to tune in this Thursday at 8 p.m. on tpt 2.


Watch 1812 Long Tease on PBS. See more from The War of 1812.


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