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My Country Tis of Thee | Piano Tutorial
Learn how to play "My Country Tis of Thee" by Samuel Francis Smith.
On June 18th, 1812, after a series of trade disagreements and the British impressment of U.S. maritime rights, president James Madison declared war on Great Britain. Thus began the War of 1812. Madison’s declaration, however, was not unilaterally supported. In fact, many Americans opposed this decision. Not only did they believe that the strength of the British war machine far outweighed the young American militia, but with Britain being America’s most prominent trading partner, a schism could potentially be disastrous for the economy.