By Jeffrey A. Engel
How should still the US wield its huge, immense strength past its borders? may still it adhere to grand rules or act on slim self-interest? should still it associate with different countries or stay away from entangling alliances? american citizens were grappling with questions like those during the nation's background, and particularly because the emergence of the U.S. as a huge global strength within the past due 19th century. America within the World illuminates this heritage by way of taking pictures the varied voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those that participated in those momentous debates.
Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this exact reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and track lyrics. It encompasses a number of levels of yankee diplomatic historical past which are normally taken care of individually, corresponding to the 1st global warfare, the chilly battle, and Sept. 11. The booklet provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of kingdom, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of different types of american citizens, akin to newspaper columnists, monks, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally beneficial properties a number of records from different nations, illustrating how foreigners considered America's position within the world.
Ideal for school room use, America within the World sheds gentle at the complicated interaction of political, monetary, ideological, and cultural components underlying the workout of yankee strength at the international stage.
- Includes greater than 2 hundred files from the past due 19th century to today
- Looks at every thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and music lyrics
- Presents assorted views, from elite policymakers to priests and novelists
- Features records from open air the USA, illustrating how humans in different international locations considered America's function within the world
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Extra resources for America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror
And can any one doubt that the result of this competition of races will be the “survival of the fittest”? … To this result no war of extermination is needful; the contest is not one of arms, but of vitality and civilization. S. power frequently focused their attention on Cuba, the Spanish-controlled island that some Americans had coveted for decades. S. ambitions were hardly lost on Cuban observers, many of whom feared that the end of Spanish rule might bring subjugation by a new foreign power.
Mounting determination to expand the nation’s reach generated potent resistance rooted in fears that a quest for global power would betray the nation’s ideals of self-determination and limited government. S. power often resented American heavy-handedness. In these tensions lay the seeds of disagreements that would swirl around the conduct of American foreign policy for many decades to come. 1 AN APPEAL TO ANNEX THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC After 1865, some Americans continued to eye the Caribbean covetously, though for reasons different from the ones that had driven advocates of expanded slavery before the Civil War.
This will open to us a still wider market for our products. The production of our own supply of these articles will cut off more than one hundred millions of our annual imports, besides largely increasing our exports. With such a picture it is easy to see how our large debt abroad is ultimately to be extinguished. With a balance of trade against us … equal to the entire yield of the precious metals in this country, it is not so easy to see how this result is to be otherwise accomplished. The acquisition of San Domingo is an adherence to the “Monroe doctrine”; it is a measure of national protection; it is asserting our just claim to a controlling influence over the great commercial traffic soon to flow from west to east by way of the Isthmus of Darien; it is to build up our merchant marine; it is to furnish new markets for the products of our farms, shops, and manufactories; it is to make slavery insupportable in Cuba and Porto Rico at once, and ultimately so in Brazil; it is to settle the unhappy condition of Cuba and end an exterminating conflict; it is to provide honest means of paying our honest debts without overtaxing the people; it is to furnish our citizens with the necessaries of everyday life at cheaper rates than ever before; and it is, in fine, a rapid stride toward that greatness which the intelligence, industry, and enterprise of the citizens of the United States entitle this country to assume among nations.
America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror by Jeffrey A. Engel