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Major Events

During James Madison’s

Presidency

Tatiana Cabello
Social Studies
May 24, 2006
Ms. Espinoza

“The advice nearest to my heart… is that the Union of the States be cherished”(Gaines, 34). This was Madison’s final inspirational message to his countrymen, which clearly depicts how he had devoted his life in keeping the nation strong and united (Gianes, 34). Madison, the fourth president of the United States served as president for two terms. Madison also was president for nine years strait. He was a great leader who believed strongly in freedom for all people to speak their minds (Welsbacher, 24). This essay will highlight the three historical events that occurred during James Madison’s presidential years and how it impacted American history. The first historical event that occurred during Madison’s term of office was the War of 1812. The War was fought between the United States and Britain. During the War, many people opposed Madison and worked against him in many ways (http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-4437?query= president %20 james %20 madison&ct=eb). The United States military was poorly trained and had almost no equipment since congress was against spending money. Consequently, Madison became very sick during the war. To make matters worse, the British kept on fighting. After a while, the Americans were starting to win some battles with only 25 ships. Consequently, the British and the French pulled back and made peace. This is one of the historical events that happened during James Madison’s presidency (Kallen, 44-46). Immediately after the peace between Britain and France, the British wanting to punish America for its role in the war, invaded and burned Washington D.C. The problem was that the city had no defense at all! The American soldiers had little to no training; there were no roadblocks and no ammunition. While the British invaded and burned Washington D.C., the Americans escaped. The...
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