Creative Alliance Presents 1814: The Summation — A Symposium on the War of 1812

Creative Alliance Presents 1814: The Summation — A Symposium on the War of 1812

Seminar III — People and Personalities of the War

The incredible history of the War of 1812 can be vividly told through the very personal struggles and achievements of some of its key participants, famous and not. Here we discuss the contributions of women, immigrants, and minorities. We discuss how this varied blend of patriots not only saved Baltimore and turned the tide of the war, but also set into motion a new awareness of ourselves as a nation.

Alan Taylor – Moderator

Professor of History
University of Virginia
PhD, Brandeis University

Alan Taylor attended Colby College, graduating in 1977. After serving as a researcher for historic preservation in the United States Virgin Islands (1977-79), he pursued graduate study at Brandeis University, receiving his Ph.d in American History in 1986. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Virginia), he taught in the history department at Boston University from 1987 to 1994 and at the University of California at Davis (1994-2014). He currently holds the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American history at the University of Virginia.

Taylor has published seven books: Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (1990); William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, (1995); American Colonies (2001); Writing Early American History (2005); The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (2006); The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (2010); The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia (2013).

Don Hickey

Professor of History
Wayne State College, Nebraska
PhD, University of Illinois

Don Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the New Yorker, Don is an award-winning author who has written seven books and nearly a hundred articles on the War of 1812. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012) and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006). For promoting public understanding of the War of 1812, Don received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the USS Constitution Museum in 2013.

Vince Leggett

Author, Historian
Founder, Blacks of the Chesapeake
Author of “The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes”

Jane Hampton Cook

Author, Historian
Author of “War of 1812: America’s Star-Spangled Story”

Jane Hampton Cook makes history relevant to news, current events, politics, and modern life. She is the award-winning author of eight books, including her newest, America’s Star-Spangled Story (Aug. 2014) and Pulitzer-nominated American Phoenix (2013), which brings to life the international side of the War of 1812 through the diplomacy of John Quincy and Louisa Adams. A national media commentator and former White House webmaster, Jane is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel, the History Channel’s H2 show United Stuff of America, and other TV and radio outlets. Launching her passion for biography and history through a research fellowship from the Organization of American Historians and White House Historical Association in 2003, Jane is a graduate of Baylor University and Texas A&M University. She lives with her husband and children in Fairfax, Virginia. Website: