Creating an American Way of Mobilization: The Federal System and Wartime Mobilization in North Carolina During the War of 1812 Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Martin, Margaret C.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
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  • This project is an examination of American wartime mobilization and strategic decision making during the War of 1812 using North Carolina as a case study. During the war, the young federal government sought to centrally control and direct its resources. Political culture, local security concerns, and the outcomes of battles and campaigns fought outside North Carolina throughout the course of the war informed public support for the war within the state, a process which in turn shaped federal control and planning. Because the federal government relied on the states for mobilizing militias, and to a lesser extent, for recruiting into the regular army, individual state governments' support for the war effort, which was highly attuned to public attitudes within the state, directly affected the federal government's ability to mobilize resources and therefore shaped strategy. By studying the federal-state relationship from the perspective of North Carolina, the challenges faced by a new, federal republic trying to wage war become apparent. In North Carolina, representative of other states, nationalism served as a substitute for coercive government mechanisms to effect mobilization. The federal government's dealings with the challenges of mobilization during the War of 1812 established precedent for how the American federal system managed at least through the Civil War.
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  • Lee, Wayne
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  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • 2014
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