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Lesson Plan 8-4: Between Their Loved Home and War's Desolation

Marylanders Defend Their Home

Throughout the Chesapeake region, war disrupted daily life and threatened livelihoods. The British had blocked their trade, destroyed their property and occupied their towns, but Marylanders remained resolute in the face of danger. They built earthworks, seized British trade vessels, fought battles and rebuilt towns burned by the British. Now more than 200 years after the War of 1812 began, Maryland cities and towns have come together to commemorate the people and events that changed the history of our state and the nation.

In this lesson, students will explore the meaning of the lyrics “between their loved home and war’s desolation” through the study of Maryland history. They will investigate online resources and participate in a class field trip to a historic site in Maryland. As students examine local and state history, they will learn why The Star-Spangled Banner has special significance to Maryland.

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