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        Caustic Causes Lesson Plan

        In this lesson, to be used with the program The War of 1812, students will work in groups to study one of these causes of the war: impressment, the Chesapeake Affair, orders-in-council, First Nations, and the War Hawks. Students will then determine whether or not their one cause is enough to go to war over. Students will examine all costs that are involved in war - financial and human.

        War of 1812 Introduction Video

        The importance of the War of 1812.

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        1800-1810 Prelude to War Video

        Events leading to the war.

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        1810 - 1811 Calls for War Video

        The motives for war.

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        June 1812 Declaration of War Video

        How nations came to declare war.

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        The British Blockade Video

        Americans react to effects of the British blockade on trade and the economy.

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        Defending the Chesapeake Image

        An illustration of sailors defending the Chesapeake.

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        HMS Leopard vs. USS Chesapeake Image

        An illustration of the HMS Leopard and the USS Chesapeake in battle.

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        The Chesapeake Image

        A painting of the USS Chesapeake.

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