Privateers in the War of 1812: Soldiers or Thieves?

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Do governments have the right to authorize individuals to perform illegal acts during times of war? Did the US government really employ pirates? Use the War of 1812 as your vessel to answering these questions through class discussion and close analysis of primary source documents.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Excellent tools for primary source analysis
Cons

  • You may need to spend some time really fleshing out the concept of what makes an act legitimate in war before engaging with the primary source material
  • No answer key provided - must review primary sources before beginning lesson