Don’s talk was entitled “What we Know Ain’t So: Myths of the War of 1812.” We learned about ten overarching myths of the War of 1812 and he easily explained to us why these things we thought we knew aren’t really accurate historical parts of the War of 1812 story. See this handout What We Know That Aint So–Salisbury handout for Dr. Hickey ‘s overview, comments on the myths, and a recommended reading list.
Don Hickey is the 2013 General Mark Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The Citadel, and Professor of History at Wayne State College. He is one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of the War of 1812, having authored seven books on the conflict. His book The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (now in a new 2012 bicentennial edition) won the American Military Institute’s Best Book Award and the National Historical Society’s Book Prize. His other prominent works include Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006); The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812 (2011); and a forthcoming collection of documents for the Library of America series, entitled The War of 1812: Writings from America’s “Second War of Independence.”
This project was made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided the North Carolina Daughters of the War of 1812 and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.