Just finished watching PBS' War of 1812. I thought it would be a mini-series, but it was just the one episode. After all, it was a short war. Nonetheless, they packed a whole war into that episode. Since I've always concentrated on the naval battles and what was happening in Florida, it was nice to learn more about what was happening along the Canadian border.
Oh, and for my Canadian
friends? I now know Laura Secord is not famous for bringing chocolate
to the wilderness. My mistake. Hey, go easy on me! I still know more
Canadian history than 98% of my countrymen!
There was passing mention of the Baltimore privateers, but really, you can get a lot more background on them by reading Sea Change (and I wish you would). There is discussion of how The Star Spangled Banner rallied Americans, and that too is a plot point in Sea Change.
While the program itself isn't long, there are some lovely links
at PBS.Org to give you more information on some of the issues mentioned
in the War of 1812 documentary. I'm enjoying the additional
information, and I'm glad my PBS contributions help support quality and
informative programs like this one.