The War of 1812, and red states vs. blue

I've been reading "The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict" by Donald Hickey.

consider this quote:
"In New England, Federalists were never reconciled to the war policy, and in their speeches, sermons, and newspapers, their criticism was unrestrained... '[A] president who has made this war, is not qualified to make peace,' said the Massachusetts House. 'Organize a peace party throughout your country, and let all party distinctions vanish.'
These words were taken to heart by Federalists elsewhere. By the fall of 1812 Federalists in the middle and southern states had joined with their friends in New England to present a united front against the war."

Hmm. An unpopular war-- especially unpopular in the Northeast-- started by an unpopular president. Sound familiar? Yet people think all this red-state, blue-state stuff is new.

The economy of the New England region at that time was heavily dependent on trade. This was the era of wooden trade galleons, 40-gun frigates, and of course privateers.
Even though New Englanders didn't support this war, they were saddled with the cost of paying for it, through import duties which hurt their trade profits, and disastrous financial policies which hurt their region more than others (New England was the center of banking and commerce.)
There were also various non-importation and non-exportation embargos designed to stop trade with the enemy, which of course hurt the region even more.

With friends like these... I wonder why the North even bothered reconquering the South in the Civil War.
Lincoln was taking too much of that "blue mass," I think. Mmmm... mercury pills.

Note: this post not intended to be taken (too) seriously


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