Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Volume 1: To 1920 (7th Edition) (Major Problems in American History)

Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Volume 1: To 1920 (7th Edition) (Major Problems in American History)

Dennis Merrill, Thomas G. Paterson

Language: English

Pages: 490

ISBN: 2:00215738

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

ISBN: 0547218249 | ISBN-13: 9780547218243
eISBN: 111178549X | eISBN-13: 9781111785499

Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, this reader uses a carefully selected group of primary sources and analytical essays to allow students to test the interpretations of distinguished historians and draw their own conclusions about the history of American foreign policy. This text serves as an effective educational tool for courses on U.S. foreign policy, recent U.S. history, or 20th Century U.S. history. The Seventh Edition introduces new studies on America's early foreign relations which seek to position the nation's post "9-11" attitudes and behaviors within historical context. Some of the new literature spotlights cultural relations, and the ways in which culturally constructed attitudes about class, gender, race, and national identity have shaped American's perceptions of the world and subsequently its overseas relationships.

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the correspondence between them relating to the projects of the Holy Alliance upon South America. There was much conversation, without coming to any definite point. The object of Canning appears to have been to obtain some public pledge from the Government of the United States, ostensibly against the forcible interference of the Holy Alliance between Spain and South America; but really or especially against the acquisition to the United States themselves of any part of the Spanish-American

forest or the cane brake—they think of the youthful Indian hunter, going forth exultingly to the chase. Sir, it is no such thing. This is all past; it is a matter of distant tradition, and poetical fancy. They have nothing now left of the Indian, but his social and political inferiority. They are to go in families, the old and the young, wives and children, the feeble, the sick. And how are they to go? Not in luxurious carriages; they are poor. Not in stage coaches; they go to a region where

“Monsters to Destroy,” 1821 142 2. British Foreign Secretary George Canning Proposes a Joint Declaration, 1823 143 3. Jefferson Advises President James Monroe to Cooperate with Britain, 1823 144 4. Adams Argues Against a Joint Anglo-American Declaration in the Cabinet Meeting of November 7, 1823 145 x Contents 5. The Monroe Doctrine Declares the Western Hemisphere Closed to European Intervention, 1823 146 6. Colombia Requests an Explanation of U.S. Intentions, 1824 148 7. Representative

occasion of difference. Her growth, therefore, we viewed as our own, her misfortunes ours. There is on the globe one single spot, the possessor of which is our natural and habitual enemy. It is New Orleans, through which the produce of three-eighths of our territory must pass to market, and from its fertility it will ere long yield more than half of our whole produce, and contain more than half of our inhabitants. France, placing herself in that door, assumes to us the attitude of defiance. Spain

to seize the object at once. And having this vantage ground, should we have thought it advisable to terminate hostilities by a purchase, we might then have done it on almost our own terms. This course, however, was not adopted. . . . On the part of France, the short interval of peace had been wasted in repeated and fruitless efforts to subjugate St. Domingo; and those means which were originally destined to the colonization of Louisiana had been gradually exhausted by the unexpected difficulties

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