THE TREATY OF GHENT
History in some sense is always propaganda.
Vocabulary: treaty, ratify, demoralize, impressment, truce, sporadic, patriotism, plenipotentiary, ineptitude, drubbing, ddumbfounded, cession, influx.
1. Compare the reactions of Britain, Canada and the United States to this war.
2. How might Britain's arrogant attitude have been detrimental to Canada?
3. Explain: (a) paled in size and significance; (b) great bulwark of defence; (c) a quibbling nonentity; (d) a good drubbing; (e) crack regiments; (f) the level of platitudes; (g) opposing a feather with a torrent; (h) give Jonathon a good drubbing.
4. (a) What does the British description of the war as a "contemptible little uprising" tell you about British attitude towards the U.S. (b) How might this outlook have helped contribute to the war?
5. What did the Americans mean when they said "the U.S.A and North America are identical."
6. (a) What is a buffer state? (b)What frustrated Britain's attempt to create a Native buffer state between the U.S. and Canada?
7. Name and explain the figure of speech on page 542.
8. By the summer of 1814 Mr. Madison and the War Hawks were no longer whooping and war-dancing but cooing like doves. Explain why.
9. One of the largest battle of the war was fought after the peace treaty had been agreed to in principle. Explain.
10. (a) Who do you think would have suggested that Canada was 'fit for nothing but to breed quarrels'? (b) Why did they say this?
11. How do you explain the fact that American negotiators were more successful than their British counterparts?
12. Why do you think Prime Minister Asquith described the planning committee as a "pretty dismal affair"?
13. What prevented the celebration of the 100th anniversary of peace?
14. What effect did the war have on the attitude of Canadians towards the United States.
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