|An unknown artist depicts the burning of Washington on August 24, 1814. |
Image Courtesy of Smithsonian.com .
Amanda Foreman, of Smithsonian.com, has written an interesting reflective piece on the history and perceptions of the War of 1812 through various perspectives.
"there may have been only one War of 1812, but there are four distinct versions of it—the American, the British, the Canadian and the Native American. Moreover, among Americans, the chief actors in the drama, there are multiple variations of the versions, leading to widespread disagreement about the causes, the meaning and even the outcome of the war."