war of 1812

Hillsdale College

Here in the US, freedom’s kind of a big deal. In fact, the founding fathers used the words freedom and liberty a lot while crafting the constitution. Now, over 200 years later, we’re still studying those words and their meaning.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a professor who says that liberty is the lodestar of our governing document.

We’ll also hear about a group of student suing for a better environment, attend the reenactment of a pivotal battle in the War of 1812…and spend an academic minute trying to find some peace and quiet.

Reenactment of Culver  Hill and artillery assault on Halsey's Corners during Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration
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The annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration was held this past weekend to celebrate the U.S. victory over invading British forces on September 11th, 1814.  Although most are aware of the pivotal battle on Lake Champlain, there were a number of land skirmishes as British forces marched south from Canada.  This year the Battle of Plattsburgh used a new site to depict one of those land battles, the expansive north end of the Old Base Oval.

An old grave in Burlington's Elmwood Cemetery holds the remains of Joseph Barron Jr., a little-remembered but critical hero to the American victory over the British in the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812.

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Over the weekend, Plattsburgh celebrated the bicentennial of an historic land and naval battle on Lake Champlain — a battle that naval historians say determined the fate of our nation.

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The largest annual festival in Plattsburgh is occurring this week. The 10 day Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration peaks this weekend with parades and re-enactments of a naval battle that some say was a critical turning point in the War of 1812.

    In his new book, Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation, veteran reporter Steve Vogel tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its National Anthem.