The United States had to fight not one, but two wars for its independence. The first, of course, was the Revolutionary War. Can you name the second?

It was the War of 1812.

Now, both wars were against the British. And in both cases, the Americans should have lost. The Revolutionary War is very much celebrated in American history. The second one has all but been forgotten. But had it been lost, America’s history would have been much, much different.

Watch the video above to learn more about this pivotal conflict, or learn more about one of the heroes of the War of 1812 – First Lady Dolley Madison.

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