Victory in the News
Reading an historical, secondary source
What did Americans in 1812 think about the countrys involvement in the war? The article below was published in the News of the Week section of The Yankee, a Boston newspaper, just after Constitutions victory over Guerriere. Interpret the article by answering the questions below.
*Note: Before assigning the activities below, you might need to explain that John Bull, mentioned in the newspaper article, was a popular name for England. Also, you may want to identify new vocabulary in the eyewitness account for students to define. Squared away means the sails were squared, or perpendicular, to the wind.
|(a) What is this writers opinion of the battle? answers may vary, but very favorable |
(b) List some of the adjectives used to express the writers opinion. splendid and eloquent.
|2. || According to the article and the lesson, what did the English do to deserve such a battering? kidnapped our sailors and intercepted American merchant ships |
|3. ||Before Constitutions victories, many people were opposed to the war. What do you think changed peoples minds? Possible answer: It is easy to support a winner, answers vary |
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