The War of 1812

The War of 1812 is one of the forgotten wars of the United States. The war lasted for over two years, and while it ended much like it started; in stalemate; it was in fact a war that once and for all confirmed American Independence. The offensive actions of the United States failed in every attempt to capture Canada. On the other hand, the British army was successfully stopped when it attempted to capture Baltimore and New Orleans. There were a number of American naval victories in which American vessels proved themselves superior to similarly sized British vessels. These victories coming after victories in the Quasi War (an even more forgotten war) launched American naval traditions.

The following entries were taken from the War of 1812 section of the MultiEducator CD Rom entitled:”New Nation: America 1787-1820″ chronicles the history of the United States from the writing of the Constitution through to the War of 1812.

In the program itself the the painting and drawings are larger, every entry is narrated. Nearly every major battle includes an in-depth battle narration that usually include animated battle maps.

[Listening to: Arrogant Worms – The War of 1812 – – (04:00)]

oo come back proud canadians
before you had tv
no hockey night in canada
there was no cbc
in 1812 madison was mad
he was the president, you know
but he thought he tell the british where they ought to go
he thougth he’d invade canada
he thought that he was tough
instead he went to washington
and burned down all his stuff

and the whitehouse burned burned burned
and we’re the ones that did it
it burned burned burned
while the president ran and cried
it burned burned burned
and things were very historical
and the americans ran and cried like a bunch of little babies
wa wa waaaa
in the war of 1812

now hillbillies from kentucky
dressed in green and red
left home to fight in canada
but they returned home dead
its only war the yankees lost
except for vietnam
and also the alamo
and the bay of… ham
the loser was america
the winner was ourselves
so join right in and gloat about
the war of 1812
and the whitehouse burned burned burned
and we’re the ones that did it
it burned burned burned
while the president ran and cried
it burned burned burned
and things were very historical
and the americans ran and cried like a bunch of little babies
wa wa waaaa
in the war of 1812

in 1812 we were just sittin’ around
mindin’ our own business
puttin’ crops into the ground
we heard the soldiers coming
and we didnt like that sound
so we took a boat to washington
and burned it to the ground

oh, oh…
we burned our guns
but the yankees kept on coming
there wasn’t quite as many
as there was a while ago
we fired once more
and the yankees started runnin
down the mississippi to the gulf of mexico
they ran through the snow
and they ran through the forest
they ran throught the bushes where the beavers wouldn’t go
they ran so fast that they forgot to take their culture
back to america, gulf, and texico

So, if you go to Washington, its buildings clean and nice,
Bring a pack of matches, and we’ll burn the White House twice!

and the whitehouse burned burned burned
but the americans won’t admit it
it burned, burned, burned,
it burned and burned and burned
it burned, burned, burned,
now, i bet that made them mad
and the americans ran and cried like a bunch of little babies
waa waa waah!
in the war of 1812!

[Listening to: Arrogant Worms – The War of 1812 – – (04:00)]