For a Kinder, Gentler Society
A Ruinous and Unhappy War
New England and the War of 1812
  • James H. Ellis
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A Ruinous and Unhappy War. New England and the War of 1812
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An entertaining, well-researched study details naval battles and coastal incursions through diaries and regional news articles on the War of 1812. New England was hard hit by the War of 1812 with Great Britain. The war severely injured the maritime and commercial economy and inflamed the difference in interests between the Northeast and the rest of the country, where agriculture was the mainstay. The author has combed sources near and far, bringing to life a drama that was international in scope ' but so local in impact.

About the Author

Following a management career in federal government with the Interior, Justice, Labor, and Treasury departments, with an emphasis on intergovernmental relations in New England, James Ellis has turned his focus to writing. He is an active contributor to regional magazines and newspapers as well as professional journals and is involved with several historical organizations. 

Ellis is also author of Mad Jack Percival:  Legend of the Old Navy (2002). A Ruinous and Unhappy War is his second book.

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Anticipating the harm another war with England would bring, New England's regional leaders opposed it from the outset. Party politics played a major role. Federalists, dominant in the northeast, at every turn badgered and challenged the war...
Anticipating the harm another war with England would bring, New England's regional leaders opposed it from the outset. Party politics played a major role. Federalists, dominant in the northeast, at every turn badgered and challenged the war policies of the administration and its majority Democratic'Republican Party. New England's churchmen, still heavily influenced by Puritanism, railed against the ungodly actions of the national government. But economic issues proved to be a greater source of dissension. From earliest times, New England had been tied to the sea. Merchants, fishermen, and others dependent on an open ocean were devastated by the embargoes and blockades of the war. Unemployment deepened, businesses failed, and privation spread.�  This book pulls together material from period sources (diaries, journals, logs, letters, government documents, newspapers) scattered throughout the region's archives, libraries, museums, and town halls. The author enlivens the narrative by blending entertaining tales of common folk with the march of epic events and clashes.
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Pages 224
Year: 2009
LC Classification: E354.E465 2009
Dewey code: 973.5'2--dc22
BISAC: HIS027110 HISTORY / Military / United States
BISAC: HIS036040 HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
BISAC: HIS036100 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / New England
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