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James Madison: Did You Know?
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At just 5'4", James Madison was hardly a commanding presence, but that didn't stop him from shaping American history.
James Madison and the War of 1812
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James Madison is considered to be the "Father of the Constitution," but it was the War of 1812 that ultimately defined his presidency.
James Madison Wages the War of 1812
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In 1812, James Madison became the first U.S. president to ask Congress to declare war. Find out why he wanted to wage war against Britain and how his constituents felt about it.
Accounts Receivable Book Seized During the War of 1812
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During the War of 1812, the British army, under Admiral Cockburn, captured Washington, D.C. Just before setting fire to the Capitol Building, Admiral Cockburn chose the only item labeled as "President of the U. States," from the President's ceremonial office as a memento.
Americans and British Face Off in War of 1812
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Shortly after gaining its independence, the United States goes to war with England over its seizure of U.S. ships and sailors.
Andrew Jackson Defends New Orleans in War of 1812
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Dolley Madison Saves Washington's Portrait
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Hear the tale of how first lady Dolley Madison risked her life to save George Washington's portrait from a fiery fate as British troops approached the White House.
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