The War of 1812

The War of 1812

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 10:00pm

From 1812 to 1815, Americans battled against the British, Canadian colonists, and Native warriors; the outcomes shaped the geography and the identity of North America. The War of 1812 airs Saturday, June 16 at 10 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524) . This two-hour HD documentary uses stunning re-enactments, evocative animation, and the incisive commentary of key experts to reveal little-known sides of an important war — one that some only recognize for the Star-Spangled Banner.

The War of 1812 is a celebrated event by Canadians, forgotten by many Americans and British, and dealt a resounding blow to most of the Native nations involved.  The film is in many ways an examination of how the mythical versions of history are formed — how the glories of war become enshrined in memory, how failures are quickly forgotten, and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever, while we often change history to justify and celebrate our national cultures and heritage.

For more information about The War of 1812, visit www.pbs.org/war-of-1812.

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