Listen to the podcast of an interview with David Hanna and read the prologue of his book "Knights of the Sea."
In your text, read pages pages 199-209, and 214-220, paying particular attention to Andrew Jackson's rise, New England's opposition to the war, and the growing controversy around slavery.
Also read from digital history's account of the Embargo of 1807 and the War of 1812.
In the comments:
What economic effects did the politics of Europe have on life in the United States? Reflect on whether the War of 1812 worth fighting.
What effect did the Missouri Compromise have on Maine?