Education: War of 1812

OurStory: Making the Star-Spangled Banner
Lesson title: Hometown History (Smithsonian, National Museum of American History)


War of 1812, In the Classroom
Elementary, Intermediate, and Commencement Level Lesson Plans (PBS)


Have students compare different accounts of the conflict from different sources and discuss different points of view, bias, emphasis, interpretation of events—all based on the source of the information. Examples could include:

Broadside of the war song "Brilliant Naval Victory" (Library of Congress, An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera)

Document from New York Heritage's War of 1812 digital collection: "List of Sufferers on the Niagara Frontier from Fort Niagara to the Tonewanta Creek and from Lewiston on the Ridge Road to the widow Forsythe's" (partial transcription available)


Firsthand accounts of British, Americans, First Nations, or Canadians found at the Galafilm Web site and at Digital Book Index. Examples of firsthand accounts include:

Black Hawk's description of white warfare

Narrative of Colonel Samuel Blakeslee, a Defender of Buffalo, War of 1812 (1822)


Collection owner: Buffalo History Museum