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War Hawks

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• War of 1812
Henry Clay
John C. Calhoun


Definition: Members of Congress from the South and West who desperately wanted war with Great Britain and with Native Americans, in order to protect the interests of America. The leader of the War Hawks was Henry Clay, who was Speaker of the House in the months leading up to the War of 1812. Another leading War Hawk was John C. Calhoun.

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Get some background on the people who most wanted the War of 1812.

The War Hawks Congress
A little more on the war champions led by Henry Clay.

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