What Deserves Commemoration?

Or, is the War of 1812 worth remembering?


  1. I posted the story as an interesting piece on local communities struggling to get attention for their efforts to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812,  which frequently gets less attention than proponents think is justified. Dael Norwood stepped in to argue that the neglect was in fact well earned:
  2. I attempted to defend the idea of celebrating the War of 1812.
  3. Norwood responded by laying out several rebuttals, including the important argument that the War of 1812 "settled nothing & reset status quo ante bellum."
  4. My main response via Twitter, and thrust of my question for Norwood, is whether returning to the status quo naturally relegates the War of 1812 to unimportance.
  5. I've included below several other responses from others that paralleled this discussion and raised several points about the original article in the Wall Street Journal.