Historical Consequences Of The War Of 1812

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History is two-sided, which makes historians the lawyers of sociology. Each representative presents facts in order to persuade readers to believe their ideology. On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution was ratified. This ratification would provide numerous points of debate for historians, for society was divided into two groups: the strict interpretationists and loose interpretationists. The division into two groups created two sides; therefore, ultimately creating a trivial subject for historians. The Constitution was a work of compromise, for delegates like James Madison and William Patterson worked together to create a system of government that satisfied almost everyone. In addition to the compromisation, the Constitution also …show more content…
Although the term was not coined until the 1840s, America sought Manifest Destiny prior to the War of 1812. Citizens of the United States wanted to expand westward, for they did not know what was beyond the Mississippi River. However, they should have expected the area to be populated. Americans began the expedition west, but quickly discovered numerous Native American tribes residing in the land they thought belonged to them. The Americans offered Natives land further west, but they did not want to move. Due to land disputes across the country, Native Americans felt threatened. Their reaction to feeling threatened is exemplified in the excerpt, “The War of 1812 was an important conflict with broad and lasting consequences, particularly for the native inhabitants of North America. During the pivotal years before the war, the United States wanted to expand its territories, a desire that fueled the …show more content…
Native Americans were hopeful their side would win, so America would cease the relevant westward expansion. However, this was not the case. The Constitution mentions Native Americans in the Commerce Clause, and grants them trading rights. The acceptance of Native Americans as trading partners is explained in the following statement, “The Commerce Clause (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3) grants Congress plenary power to regulate commerce between the United States and three other forms of sovereign entities: the states, foreign nations, and the Indian tribes” (The Heritage Guide to the Constitution 37). Once American citizens learned of the alliance between Native Americans and Britain, they despised the Commerce Clause. Artisans and business owners refused to serve Native Americans, for they were the second enemy. After the War of 1812, Native Americans were abandoned because of their ruined economical status. American citizens did not conduct trade, for the Natives were traitors. The British did not conduct trade, provide financial support, or a military, for they lost the war. This is exemplified in the quote, “The British withdrew their financial and military aid from Native Americans on the western frontier, who were left to face increasing white settlement with no leader to unify them and no money or ammo to fight. Native Americans either moved west

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