Not three decades after America won its independence, Britain was still treating it as a colony. Indignity turned to action and the fledgling United States declared war. The War of 1812 becomes a David against Goliath battle for the future of the country…
The conflict isn’t widely known today, but everyone has heard the song it inspired – the national anthem.
But what was going on in the dawn’s early light? How about in the twilight’s last gleaming? And what are “ramparts” anyway?
This program takes those lines, forged in the line of fire, and unlocks the legend of a time when America itself was on the line.
Looking at the stately White House, ringed by security checkpoints and iron gates, it is impossible to imagine British soldiers attacking it. But in 1814, they dined on a supper left out for the president, then ransacked the building and set it on fire.