The War Of 1812 In The Old Northwest


Updated Wed, Oct 24, 2012 2:46 pm

Thursday, November 1 • 9 p.m.

In 1812, a very young United States of America had its sights set on expansion to the north and the west. But the British wanted to keep its former colony tightly contained. In the balance were the lands of the Northwestern Frontier.

England's Canadian provinces wanted a buffer zone between their lands and what they perceived as a hostile United States. The Native peoples who called this land their home wanted it declared a self-governing Indian territory; an independent nation. The United States wanted to settle the frontier, a gateway to vast natural resources and western expansion.

"War of 1812 in the Old Northwest," produced by WGTE's Darren LaShelle, brings to life some of the most famous names and places of the war, each closely linked to our region: Tecumseh, William Henry Harrison, Oliver Hazard Perry, Fort Meigs, River Raisin and the Battle of Lake Erie.

In addition to contemporary HD footage of the locations that played a prominent role in the War, the film is richly illustrated with archival photos, paintings and newly-created maps.

Douglas Brinkley, David Skaggs and Randall Buchman are among the noted historians and authors featured in the program, along with Eric Hemenway, who works in the Cultural Preservation Department for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Northern Michigan.

Support for "War of 1812 in the Old Northwest" is provided by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by Buckeye CableSystem.