By James Ellis
New England used to be challenging hit by means of the conflict of 1812 with nice Britain. The warfare critically injured the maritime and advertisement financial system and infected the adaptation in pursuits among the Northeast and the remainder of the rustic, the place agriculture used to be the mainstay. watching for the damage one other struggle with England could convey, New England's local leaders adverse it from the outset. get together politics performed a huge function. Federalists, dominant within the Northeast, at each flip badgered and challenged the conflict rules of the management and its majority Democratic Republican occasion. New England's churchmen, nonetheless seriously motivated by means of Puritanism, railed opposed to the ungodly activities of the nationwide executive. yet fiscal matters proved to be a better resource of dissension. From earliest occasions, the heritage of latest England has been tied to the ocean. retailers, fishermen, and others depending on an open ocean have been devastated by means of the embargoes and blockades of the warfare. Unemployment deepened, companies failed, and privation unfold. This publication pulls jointly fabric from interval assets (diaries, journals, logs, letters, executive files, newspapers) scattered in the course of the information, libraries, museums, and city halls to piece jointly the historical past of America's northeastern seacoast from Connecticut to Maine. the writer livens the narrative via mixing interesting stories of universal people with the march of epic occasions and clashes.
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S. Senate for the next 13 years. As well as Chittenden of Vermont, the foregoing men formed the core of the Federalist opposition to Jefferson and Madison. By any standard, they were outmatched. Never far from the region’s party politics of the period, religion played a vociferous and persistent role in the antiwar movement in New England. Public fasts, a pious practice that originated with the early Puritan settlers, became a favorite tool of politicians and clergy alike. Elected leaders called for the fasts, and the ministers performed.
Break those chains, under which you have sullenly murmured . . and once more breathe that free, commercial air of New England which your fathers always enjoyed. . ” Wrapping up, he thundered: “Protest did I say, protest? ”3 Though the major sects led the religious response to the war, the Quakers or Society of Friends cannot be overlooked. They played a meaningful part in the opposition to war in New England. A pacifist religion, they interpreted the Scriptures literally, and did not fight evil.
4 Another Englishman in the same year characterized New Englanders or Yankees in much the same terms. While cruising off New Hampshire, Lieutenant Henry Napier made an entry in his journal alluding to the craftiness he observed among the natives. “Self, the great ruling principle, more powerful with Yankees than any people I ever saw. ’”6 Timothy Dwight, himself of the region, put it a little differently. “A New Englander,” he thought, “often discerns means of business and profit which elsewhere are chiefly concealed from men of the same class.
A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812 by James Ellis