The Barnes Review, November/December 2012: A Look Back at the War of 1812
VOLUME XVIII, NUMBER 6
Table of Contents
By Harrell Rhome, Ph.D. Why did we fight the so-called War of 1812? Could this bloodshed between brothers have been avoided? After 200 years, it is time we took another look at this conflagration.
THE MEANINGLESS TREATY OF GHENT
By John Tiffany. The “War of 1812” ended with a treaty in 1815, but unfortunately it was pretty much of a farce, and the struggle continued.
CHRISTMAS AMONG THE TROOPS
By Robert Henderson. It is interesting to look at how the British troops, our kinsmen and enemies, marked Christmastime during the second war for American independence.
REMEMBERING THE DARTMOOR MASSACRE
By Peter Strahl. During the War of 1812, many American POWs were shipped off to dismal dungeons in England. One of these was located near Plymouth, England. It was there, at Dartmoor Prison, that the British jailers attacked and massacred 67 helpless American POWs. Here is the story.
AFRICAN TRIBE DEMANDS REPARATIONS
By Claus Nordbruch, Ph.D. In the early 1900s, allegedly, the Germans genocided the entire Herero people, living in South West Africa (now called Namibia). Some so-called experts are even saying that the genocide of the Hereros was a dry run for the holocaust of the Jews in World War II. But is the Herero genocide as fallacious as WWII’s infamous “holocaust”?
INDIAN LEGEND & THE FIRST AMERICANS
By Philip Rife. Many American Indian tribes have legends they seldom talk about, telling of ancient white people in the Americas. Invariably these large, white-skinned people were massacred by the red men. Perhaps American Indian activists ought to take a look at what their own history records.
NAZI BASES IN ANTARCTICA: THE FACTS
By Daniel W. Michaels. You may have heard fantastic rumors that the Nazis set up camps in Antarctica, complete with submarine bases and flying saucers. So what is the truth about WWII German activity in New Swabia on the Antarctic continent?
ITALIANS NEARLY WIN IN NORTH AFRICA
By Marc Roland. Usually portrayed as bumbling soldiers, more concerned about a bottle of vino than victory, the truth of the matter is that the Italian army of Benito Mussolini nearly drove the British out of north Africa in WWII. But an untimely death and a general’s incompetence led to Italy’s defeat.
HITLER RECTIFIES VERSAILLES DIKTAT
By Joaquin Bochaca—Part 2. Hitler said that if the Versailles Treaty were to be binding on Germany, it should be binding on all parties. But the French disagreed and wouldn’t adhere to the treaty. Refusing to see his people suffer, the Fuehrer acted decisively.
THE MAN WHO BEAT THE WRIGHT BROS.
By Philip Rife. A poor German immigrant to the United States, Gustave Whitehead apparently made controlled flights as early as 1899 and flew a number of aircraft long before the Wright brothers’ celebrated 1903 flight at Kittyhawk.
THE ROLE OF MYTH IN HISTORY
By William White. Sometimes it is hard to draw the line between myth and history, and the further back in time you go, the harder it is. In the end, it may be easier to track the migrations of ancient people through their myths than their language.
LESSONS FROM THE 1859 SOLAR STORM
By Dave Gahary. In 1859, the Sun went crazy. Telegraph paper burned and telegraph machines kept transmitting after power was turned off. Were such a solar storm to occur today, however, we could be jettisoned back to the stone age.
FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:
Personal from the Editor · Editorial: Give peace a chance · Inside Fort McHenry · Harrison’s Indian blunder · War of 1812 trivia · Hero vs. traitor in the U.S. Army. · Eyewitness to Herero savagery · History You May Have Missed · Letters to the Editor · 2012 Barnes Review Index
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