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Your Country, My CountryA Unified History of the United States and Canada$
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Robert Bothwell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195448801

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195448801.001.0001

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The Unfinished Revolution: 1783–1815

The Unfinished Revolution: 1783–1815

(p.59) 3 The Unfinished Revolution: 1783–1815
Your Country, My Country

Robert Bothwell

Oxford University Press

The revolutionary generation, and particularly Thomas Jefferson, considered the revolutionary war only partially won. The United States could not be secure until Britain was expelled from the continent. This implied that the British wanted to reverse the Revolution, but the British had other items on their agenda. Exponential economic growth, a population boom, and a 22-year war kept the British busy. Thanks to the war against Napoleon, the British navy was more than ready to take on Jefferson and his successor Madison. Hoping for a French victory over the British, Madison and his political allies gambled on war in 1812 only to be defeated at sea and stalemated on land. The peace of 1814 marked an effective coda to the revolutionary generation and its anti-British hopes, expressed through the frustrated conquest of Canada.

Keywords:   Jefferson, Napoleon, late Loyalists, Royal Navy, exceptionalism, War of 1812

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