American Lit Research Paper

Topics: War of 1812, Royal Navy, United States Pages: 3 (609 words) Published: March 18, 2013
Graded Assignment

Choosing a Topic

(10 points)

Choosing a topic is the first step in writing a research paper. Remember that a topic should be neither too broad nor too narrow. Write your topic below and explain why you have chosen it. Then submit it to your teacher for approval. Remember that your topic should come from some aspect of American history.

Remember: You need to complete the assignment by the due date to receive full credit.

What topic from American history have you chosen for your research paper? Why did you choose this topic?

The topic I have chosen for this assignment will be the war of 1812 involving great Britain and America .


The war of 1812 involving Great Britain and America, was the second war for independence. It is often called the forgotten war. As a young country , America enjoyed trade with Britain and France however , the prosperity of this trading would soon end. Britain was at war with France and their leader Napoleon Bonaparte for nearly 20 years. Britain felt the best way to defeat Napoleon was to cut off trade ships to France. England began requiring any vessels that had mercantile business with France to obtain a license at an English port before resuming the voyage to France. France retailed by declaring that any ships visiting England ports were declared an enemy. America seemed to be in a no win situation.

Battling Napoleon for so many years took a toll on the British fleet, considered the strongest fleet in the world at the time. England needed to keep a full crew on the ships. The British began seizing America merchant ships and impressed thousands of sailors into the British navy. President James Madison saw this and other violations from England as a threat against the united states. On June 1 , 1812 Madison sent a war message to congress, the first president to make their request. The declaration was signed on June 18, 1812 and America was again at war with England. The British...
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