New Insights Into Madison 's Case For War Essay

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Gwyn asserts that Bickham provides a balanced study dependent on newspaper articles, pamphlets, and manuscripts from the United States and Britain which offers new insights into Madison’s case for war. Further, Gwyn notes that Bickham is especially critical of Madison’s misreading the military readiness of Britain following the assassination of the prime minister in May 1812; a mistake that is repeated throughout the war. Even though Gwyn preferred lamented in Bickham’s lack of diversity among sources, he claimed Bickham’s account of the peace negotiations following the war were the “best I have read.” From the overall positive review, it is clear that Bickham’s book offers critical insight via press sources on events leading up to the war declaration and ending with peace negotiations. Such insights reveal the mood of American and British newspaper editors, and most importantly, the readers and how the public perceived the War of 1812. Hickey echoes the praise Gwyn bestows upon Bickham by utilizing newspapers to focus on what people thought of the events, reminding readers that newspapers played a central role in the dissemination of information. Since the British side of the wear is often omitted in scholarship regarding the war, Hickey praises Bickham for including British newspapers and even included articles originating in Bermuda and the West Indies to gives his story a broader context. Despite the aforementioned praise, Hickey rails Bickham for saying too little…

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