War of 1812 Books, Part Two

The introduction to our autographed book fundraiser as part of the FGS 2016 Conference in Springfield, Illinois continues! To learn more about this effort or the other books available, please click here.

Citizen Hamilton by Donald R. Hickey & Connie D. Clark (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005)

A man of extraordinary talent and boundless energy, Alexander Hamilton left a remarkable legacy in America’s history. A member of George Washington’s staff during the American Revolution, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, an author of the Federalist Papers, and the nation’s first secretary of the treasury, he played a seminal role in the nation’s founding.
In this elegant collection, Donald R. Hickey and Connie D. Clark bring together enlightening, important, and amusing selections from Hamilton’s speeches, published writings and personal letters. As we come to understand Hamilton’s thoughts on subjects as diverse as the Constitution, love, war, liberty and honor, we find that his words are often as applicable in our own time as they were in his.

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An autographed copy of “Citizen Hamilton” will be available at FGS 2016.

The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812
by Donald R. Hickey & Connie D. Clark (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)

Offering readers an impressive array of images―some rarely before seen―and a crisp narrative, the book recounts the war’s main battles and campaigns, from William Hull’s ignominious surrender at Detroit in 1812 to Andrew Jackson’s spectacular victory at New Orleans in 1815. Learn about Oliver H. Perry’s remarkable victory on Lake Erie and the ensuing death of the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Witness the devastation on the Niagara Front as the balance of power shifted back and forth. Watch as Thomas Macdonough executes a masterstroke on Lake Champlain, winning a great naval battle and saving upper New York from occupation. Experience the demoralizing British raids in the Chesapeake that culminated in the burning of Washington, D.C., and the successful defense of Baltimore that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Rockets’ Red Glare recaptures in vivid detail not only the military history of the war but also its domestic and diplomatic history. Authors Donald R. Hickey and Connie D. Clark show why the fragile young republic, which was still a second-rate power, declared war against Great Britain, an established global power. They also explain why Americans remember the conflict as an unalloyed success, even though by the war’s end, the United States faced military uncertainty, financial stress, a punishing British naval blockade, and the intractable opposition of Federalists in New England.

The War of 1812: A Short History by Donald R. Hickey (University of Illinois Press, 2012)

This abridged edition of Donald R. Hickey’s comprehensive and authoritative The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict has been thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict. A myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students and general readers alike, The War of 1812: A Short History explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. With new information on military operations, logistics, and the use and capabilities of weaponry, The War of 1812: A Short History explains how the war promoted American nationalism, reinforced the notion of manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America’s reputation abroad. Hickey also concludes that the war sparked bloody conflicts between pro-war Republican and anti-war Federalist neighbors, dealt a crippling blow to the independence and treaty rights of American Indians, and solidified the United States’ antipathy toward the British. Ideal for students and history buffs, this special edition includes selected illustrations, maps, a chronology of major events during the war, and a list of suggested further reading.

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2 thoughts on “War of 1812 Books, Part Two

    1. Jen Baldwin Post author

      Melody, thank you for your interest. All of the books were purchased at the 2016 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in August.

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