The Rodney Dangerfield of wars in the United States, the 19th-century conflict is given great respect by our Northern neighbors
June 18, 2012 | By John Hanc
Before the burning of the White House, the First Lady saved some red draperies. Could she have made a dress from them?
June 15, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Was the national anthem really set to the melody of a drinking tune? Take a closer look at the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's song
June 13, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
What is there to remember about the battles long relegated to footnote status? More than you might think!
June 01, 2012 | By Smithsonian magazine
Why did the country really go to war against the British? Which American icon came out of the forgotten war?
May 22, 2012 | By Tony Horwitz and Brian Wolly
As invading British troops approached in August 1814, the first lady coolly took command of the White House
March 2010 | By Thomas Fleming
A long-lost painting of the Senate's Great Compromiser finds a fitting new home in the halls of the U.S. Capitol
November 2009 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
The Washington lawyer was an unlikely candidate to write the national anthem; he was against America’s entry into the War of 1812 from the outset
September 2004 | By Norman Gelb
It's the star-spangled banner; the anthem it inspired plays on as a musical salute to the stars and stripes
July 2000 | By Edwards Park
A sculpture in the Smithsonian collection reveals much about how the Indians of the West were viewed in the early ages of the United States
July 1995 | By Bil Gilbert