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The Burning of Washington

Color print of damaged White House in 1814

British troops marched into Washington on the evening of August 24, 1814 and burned the Capitol and the White House. It was a low point in the War of 1812.

War of 1812
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Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison saved valuables from destruction before the British burned the White House.

New York City's 1814 Defenses

A feared attack by the British in 1814 prompted thousands of New Yorkers to volunteer to construct fortifications to defend the city.

Joshua Barney

Commodore Joshua Barney, an early American naval hero, distinguished himself with bravery on land while trying to stop the 1814 British attack on Washington.

Great Railroad Strike of 1877

The Great Strike of railroad workers in 1877 led to violent clashes between federal troops and workers and had a permanent effects on American society.

General Winfield Scott

Winfield Scott was an influential figure in the American military for decades, from the War of 1812 to the Civil War.

Plessy v. Ferguson

The landmark Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision legitimized Jim Crow laws and racial segregation.

Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow Laws were statutes that ordered segregation between white and blacks in public spaces beginning in the 1880s.

Barbecue and Politics In the 19th Century

The American tradition of mixing barbecue and politics has strong roots in the 1800s.

Horace Greeley Prodded Lincoln

Legendary editor Horace Greeley sharply criticized President Abraham Lincoln over the issue of slavery.

Abbottabad Named for British Officer

Abbottabad, the hideout of Osama Bin Laden, was named for a fascinating 19th century British officer, Sir James Abbott.

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