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The War of 1812

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Catalogue Number:  041425
Producer:  PBS Video
Subject:   Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, History, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  7 - Adult
Country of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  120
DVD Price:  $69.95

Guide Available:   041425.pdf

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The film shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever.

With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.  The production of this documentary straddled the border and this important historic event is presented from a variety of perspectives, featuring American, Canadian, British and Native experts.


“rich with detail about a period in Canada’s history that is not often discussed…time well spent”  Scott Stinson, National Post, Oct 6, 2011.

“We knew we had to get everything right.  We were working with some very prickly scholars who made sure we weren’t biased.” Producer Lawrence Holt, Macleans, Oct 6, 2011

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