U.S. History 8-2, Assignment Five, The Second Term of Jefferson and the War of 1812




Assignment Five
Jefferson's Second Term and the War of 1812

Deadline, March 27, 160 Points

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What key events marked Jefferson's second term?

Why did the United States declare war against Great Britain?

What were the outcomes of the War of 1812?

How do the myths and realities of the War of 1812 differ?

Siege of Fort McHenry



We are going to move a little more rapidly now as we consider the development of America's identity in the three decades after Thomas Jefferson left the White House. This was an extremely rapid time of America's growth - both geographically and conceptually.

We will also examine the factors that led to the War of 1812 and what happened during the war.


Students will identify and describe key events of this time period.

Students will create evidences of learning connected to this time period.


Special instructions

You may work in groups of up to three for this assignment. However, you will need to keep you own Google doc current.

For this assignment, copy the list below into your Google doc. Answer each question instructed.

Use the online text - Chapters 16 and 17 - on the class web site as you work on this assignment.

Watch the documentary about the War of 1812.

Work through the questions below.


Reading Questions:

Only the ODD NUMBERED questions are required.

You may do the even numbered questions for extra credit.

  1. What happened to Phillip Hamilton? Why?
  2. What was the source of the hatred between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton? 
  3. There were several key events that drove the hatred deeper. Describe two of them.
  4. What was most likely Hamilton’s plan at the duel?
  5. What was the essential question at Burr’s treason trial?
  6. What was the purpose of the National Road? How did it differ from earlier roads?
  7. How did the National Road change the lives of the people who lived in the towns through which it passed?
  8. To where did the National Road eventually extend?
  9. Describe - not just list - three ways Napoleon’s empire building affected the United States.
  10. What was the intent of Jefferson’s embargoes?
  11.  Explain the Chesapeake incident, and how it affected the attitude of Americans toward Great Britain.
  12.  What was the publicly stated intent of Pike’s first expedition up the Mississippi?
  13.  Describe his second expedition to the Southwest. How was it viewed by the Spanish? What were probably the secret reasons Wilkinson sent Pike? What did Pike learn about the Spanish military and political forces in the area he explored? 
  14.  Who were the WarHawks? What were their goals?
  15.  How did the conflicts with Natives in and around the Great Lakes affect westward expansion?
  16. Describe the work of Tecumseh and the Prophet. What were they trying to achieve? Did they succeed?
  17. Create a depiction of the numbers of soldiers and sailors on each side of the War of 1812. Do the same for battle deaths and overall deaths. Include it in your packet.
  18. What changed as a result of the War of 1812? What did not?
  19. Take a look at the reasons America declared war against Great Britain. Briefly explain them.
  20. Where were the major battles of the War of 1812 generally fought?
  21. Why was the northern frontier of America not prepared for war?
  22. How did the Napoleonic wars affect Britain’s ability to fight the War of 1812?
  23. Why was Fort Mackinac lost to the British?
  24. Why did Americans attack British shipping?
  25. What was the role of the privateers?
  26. What roles did the Natives play in the War of 1812?
  27. How did the militaries of Great Britain and America compare?
  28. How did Hull contribute to American losses in the Great Lakes?
  29. What made the Battle of Put-In Bay so important to the Americans? What role did Admiral Perry play?
  30. How was the attack on Washington, D.C. related to the attack on York?
  31. What caused the British blockade to falter?
  32. What made the British merchant marine prime targets for American privateers?
  33. Who was the surprise negotiator that worked to end the war?
  34. What were the positions of the American and British forces as negotiations began?
  35. What was the final condition of borders between the two nations in the peace treaty?
  36. What coinicidence happened when the news about the Battle of New Orleans reached the East Coast? How did it affect the future of Andrew Jackson?
  37. Describe the battle between the Constitution and the Guierre.

Short Essay Questions

  • Each of these questions will require a paragraph or two. Again, be correct and contextual.
  • You choose FIVE of them to answer.


  1. Tecumseh has an interesting legacy in America. This is the case even though he died a pretty gruesome death fighting against America. How did his legacy come to be what it is?
  2. Which parts of America supported the war? Which opposed it? Why were the responses so different?
  3. Why did the British want to control Lake Champlain? What was their larger plan? Describe the Battle of Plattsburgh. Why was it so important to both sides?
  4. The Battle of New Orleans actually occurred after the peace treaty was signed. This was because communication across the Atlantic took weeks. What was the British goal in attacking New Orleans?
  5. Who did Andrew Jackson bring into the fight? What were the results of the fight?
  6. How did James Madison’s service shape America? Be specific. Use three or four examples.
  7. How did the War of 1812 affect Natives in America? Be sepcific. Use several examples.
  8. Describe the effects of the War of 1812 on Canadian and American Nationalism
  9. Read the Deciphered Letter primary source for Chapter 17. Why was this such an important document? What does it allege? Did the fact that author remains unknown affect its veracity?
  10. What caused the high levels of American casualties at York.
  11. How did the Americans respond to the explosion?
  12. How were the American attack on York and the British capture of Washington connected?
  13. Describe the British conquest of Washington.





Each short answer question is worth two points.

Each short essay question is worth 10 points.

To receive a full score each response must address the context of the question with a clear, concise answer.

  • Links
  • Printed files

This assignment is only available in digital form. If you need a printed copy, contact me.

Chapter 16 of the online text.

Chapter 17 of the online text.

An excellent source about the effects of the War of 1812 on Natives.

The documentary about the War of 1812.