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Changes for Caroline is the sixth book in the Caroline series.

Characters

Introduced

Only in Changes for Caroline

Chapter by Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Uncle Aaron's Letter

Chapter Two: Meeting Garnet

Chapter Three: A Big Mistake

Chapter Four: All Alone at the Farm

Chapter Five: Independence Day

Looking Back: Changes for America in 1812

Discusses how America began to change at the end of the War of 1812. Topics covered:

  • How the Americans and British sought to end the war, culminating in the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814
  • The Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815, between American and British forces unaware that the war was over, resulting in American victory
  • Celebration of the war's end as news of the treaty traveled throughout America
  • The War of 1812 resulting in status quo ante bellum,[1] with heavy military and civilian casualties and neither the British or American sides gaining or losing territory
  • The growth of American manufacturing following the end of the war
  • American victories against the British in the War of 1812 as America's proof of military and naval strength
  • Britain and Canada eventually allying with America following the war
  • American expansion into the west, rather than north
  • Settlement of Ohio and further west into the territories of Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois
  • Initial farm work as a rough endeavor involving the entire family, including young children, and relying on neighbors and family members
  • Continued westward expansion of the frontier, resulting in the admission of Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois, and Alabama into the Union four years after the War of 1812
  • America as a country today

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References and Footnotes

  1. An American Perspective on the War of 1812, pbs.org, accessed September 15, 2012.