This essay offers a critical overview of War of 1812 commemoration activities during the first year of the war’s bicentennial. Canada and the United States remember the war differently—when they remember it at all. This essay explores the reasons for the conflict’s marginalization, as well as the sharp contrast in interpretation. These include history, geography, nationalism, and politics. Finally, the essay suggests ways in which public history interpretation might be improved in the future.
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