REVIEWS Which Only Hell Could Inspire': The Rhetoric and the Ritual of Gunpowder Treason in Early America,'' the dissertation that he wrote under the direction of Jane Kamensky. The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812. By Gene Allen Smith. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. Pp. 257. Cloth, $27.00.) Reviewed by James G. Cusick The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, marked by documentaries, radio programs, and international conferences, sparked numerous reevaluations of the changing historiography of the war, both in social and military history. One point of discussion that emerged in forum after forum was the peculiar regional facets of the war, which seem to defy efforts to create a unified narrative. Studies of the conflict, and interpretations of it, vary considerably depending on whether it is viewed as a frontier war of Indian removal, a legacy of hostilities from the American Revolution, or a sideshow of the Napoleonic wars. In his book The Weight of Vengeance (New York, 2012), Troy Bickham notes a strong tendency to localize the study of the War of 1812, so that the Canadian campaigns, the Chesapeake, or naval actions alternately take center stage. Or, as Jeremy Black observes,
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
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