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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detach her from the bands, bring her mighty weight into the scale of free government, and emancipate a continent at one stroke, which might otherwise linger long in doubt and difficulty. Great Britain is the nation which can do us the most harm of any one, or all on earth; and with her on our side we need not fear the whole world. With her then, we should most sedulously cherish a cordial friendship; and nothing would tend more to knit our affections than to be fighting once more, side by side,

not one accused the administration of such a sordid thought. . . . [T]he debate was artificial. What divided the members of Congress was far less than what united them, and it was partisan bitterness, one surmises, that explains the venom of the dissensions, . . . As one historian notes, “the critics of the mission felt very little kinship with the Latin Americans. . . . The new republics ‘differ from us in every particular,’ announced [Democrat John M.] Berrien of Georgia, ‘in language,

The man, her mate, is sunk in sloth— To love, his senseless heart is loth: The pipe and glass and tinkling lute, A sofa, and a dish of fruit; A nap, some dozen times by day; Sombre and sad, and never gay. In the end, there was compromise: the United States annexed only Mexican territory north of the Rio Grande. Expansion on the land continued through the nineteenth century, despite the considerable distraction of fratricidal sectional conflict. The increase in manufacturing following the Civil

all; and from none of them is it inevitable: & consequently none of them give us the right at this moment of releasing ourselves from our treaties. D O C U M E N T 2 Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton Urges Voiding the Treaty with France, 1793 Are the United States bound, by the principles of the laws of nations, to consider the treaties heretofore made with France, as in present force and operation between them and the actual governing powers of the French nation? or may they elect

April of 1803 he apprised Talleyrand of his intention to sell the entire Louisiana Territory: “I renounce Louisiana,” he declared. “It is not only New Orleans that I will cede, it is the whole colony without any reservation. I know the price of what I abandon. . . . I renounce it with the greatest regret. But to attempt obstinately to retain it would be folly.” When warned by his advisors that his decision was likely to establish the foundation for a rising American empire, Napoleon dismissed the

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