PublicHistoryRoundtable Roundtable: Perspectives on the War of 1812 from the Collections of the Newberry Library

AHA Session 4
Thursday, January 5, 2012: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Ruggles Hall (The Newberry Library (60 W. Walton Street))
Karen A. Christianson, Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies
This offsite session will be held in Ruggles Hall at the Newberry Library (60 W. Walton Street). Reception to follow. Free advance registration is recommended but not required.

The Newberry will feature a spotlight exhibition, "The War of 1812 and the Great Lakes Region," in conjunction with the session.

The Newberry is approximately one mile north of the Sheraton; a taxi should cost less than $10. See the Newberry website,, for public transportation directions.

Chicago and the Western Indian War in 1812
Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College
Breaking the Covenant Chain: Iroquoia in 1812
Scott Manning Stevens, D'arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, The Newberry Library
John Melish’s A Military and Topographical Atlas of the United States: The War of 1812 and the Emergence of American Commercial Cartography
James Akerman, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, The Newberry Library
The Audience

Session Abstract

1812 proved a momentous year. In Europe, Great Britain battled the French armies of Napoleon, who also launched his ill-fated invasion of Russia that year. Ramifications of this conflict sparked the War of 1812, pitting the United States against Britain and against an American Indian alliance that hoped to block American expansion into the Northwest Territories. Politically, Jeffersonian supporters of the war encountered opposition by Federalists, a dispute that eventually ended the nation’s First Party System.

On the 200th anniversary of 1812, this panel will feature scholars in different historical subfields and disciplines who have worked extensively with the collections of the Newberry Library. They will briefly present their current research on aspects of the War of 1812 and its consequences, with a special focus on the sources used. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion.

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