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1 Was American foreign policy during the 1800s motivated more by realism or idealism ? FOREIGN POLICY = the set of goals, principles and practices that guide a nation in its relations with other countries Chapter 19 Foreign Policy: Setting a Course of Expansionism

2 The Brief History of American Foreign Policy How is Foreign Policy conducted? The State Department (led by the Sec. of State) advises the President and carries out the details of U.S. policy Congress debates and can vote on foreign policy issues Treaties with other nations do not become legally binding until the Senate approves it by a two-thirds vote Tools of the Trade Diplomacy and financial aid and the threat of armed force Realism versus Idealism Realism: based on our self-interest If it benefits us, it is good policy Idealism: promote Americas founding ideals to ensure a better world for ALL not just for us Democracy, liberty, rights

3 1796 and George Washingtons Farewell Address It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is to have with them as little political connection as possible. This is known as isolationism or unilateralism The United States will go it alone Neutrality protects us from taking sides Great Britain vs. France in the early days Realism (economics) vs. Idealism (principles)

4 Defending Neutrality in the War of 1812 Both France and Great Britain seized ships and kidnapped American sailors Neither respected our neutral rights James Madison made progress with France but declared war on Britain Idealism: free trade and our rights Realism: land (in the West and maybe even Canada) Treaty of Ghent in 1815 ended the war No territory was ceded or lost It was a tie

5 Monroe Doctrine 1820s Russia threatening to expand in North America Spain and Britain were colonizing in South/Central America 1823: The Monroe Doctrine states a policy of non-colonization and non- interference in the Western Hemisphere The American continents are closed to future colonization by any European powers Monroe Doctrine

6 A History of American Expansion Through Diplomacy 1803: T. Jefferson buys the Louisiana Territory from France for $15,000,000 (3 cents an acre) 1819: We negotiate for Florida from Spain 1846: Britain signs a treaty dividing the Oregon Territory at the 49 th parallel 1867: $7,200,000 for Alaska from Russia

7 A History of American Expansion Through War 1821: Moses Austin establishes a colony in Texas which was part of Mexico at the time The Americans and Mexican government did not get along Americans held slaves, official documents were in Spanish 1836 Texas declares itself an independent republic, names Sam Houston as commander in chief and revolts against Mexico Santa Anna recognizes the Lone Star Republic Statehood in President Polk goes to war with Mexico over our southern border Mexican War ends in 1848 (Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo) Mexican Cession oRio Grande as the southern border of the U.S. oTerritory from Texas to California Realists: Great new territory, secure borders Idealists: An unjust land grab with no regard for the rights of Mexico

8 The Beginning of Imperialism Empire Building Expanding to the West beyond our borders Across the Pacific Ocean to China and Japan Hawaii and other islands as coaling stations Protectorates = nations controlled by stronger nations Moral not just economic empire building Josiah Strong Civilize and Christianize Empire Building through a strong navy Alfred T. Mahan World powers need world class navies

9 Differing Viewpoints: Should the U.S. become an imperialist power? Henry Cabot Lodge (1895)Carl Schurz (1896) Small states are of the past and have no future. The modern movement is all toward the concentration of people and territory into great nations and large dominions. The great nations are rapidly absorbing for their future expansion and their present defense all the waste places of the earth. In its dealings with other nations, the United States should have scrupulous regard, not only for their rights, but also for their self-respect…It should seek to influence mankind, not by heavy artillery, but by good example and wise counsel. It should see its highest glory, not in battles won, but in wars prevented.

10 Uncle Sam and People from His Colonies, Postcard, ca. 1900


12 Why did the United States go to war against Spain in 1898 and why was the outcome significant? Chapter 20 The Spanish-American War

13 Trouble in Cuba One of only two remaining Spanish colonies Much American investment in sugar plantations amid political instability Two previous rebellions for independence had failed Valeriano Weyler was sent to put down the rebellions Created prison camps (reconcentration camps) Thousands die in overcrowded, unsanitary, poorly equipped camps Foreign Policy Realism: we must protect our investments and property Foreign Policy Idealism: we must help the Cubans realize their noble dream of independence and freedom President William McKinley hoped to maintain neutrality.

14 Imperialism, The Role of the Media and a Call to War with Spain Newspapers Joseph Pulitzer and the New York World versus William Hearst and the New York Journal Yellow journalism = sensational exaggerated news stories

15 Causes of the Spanish-America War The DeLome Letter Enrique Dupuy DeLome: Spanish ambassador in Washington Describes President McKinley as weak and catering to the rabble, and, besides, a low politician. Outrage and indignation in the United States Remember The Maine!! February 15, 1898 the American battleship blows up Probably not a mine, probably not sabotage…remember yellow journalism?

16 Congress Declares War! McKinley hopes for an armistice = cessation of hostilities Close the camps Grant Cuba independence Spain agrees to close the camps, will not grant independence April 25, 1898 Congress formally declares war on Spain Teller Amendment When Cuba is liberated and peace restored, the United States will leave the government and control of the Island to its people.

17 A Splendid Little War with Spain First, the Philippines (their other colony) Emilio Aguinaldo had been fighting against the Spanish there Commodore Dewey storms Manila Bay Aguinaldo with American reinforcements takes Manila Then Cuba The First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry The Rough-Riders led by Teddy Roosevelt After taking San Juan Hill the war went quickly Peace on August died mostly from disease (malaria and yellow fever) Poorly equipped, poorly supplied troops (wool uniforms in the tropical jungle!) win Americas first overseas war


19 America on the World Stage Treaty of Paris 1898 Independence to Cuba Puerto Rico and Guam ceded to the United States Philippines to the U.S. with a payment to Spain of $20,000,000 Ratification Debate Anti-Imperialist League Imperialism violates the countrys founding principles of freedom and democracy Supporters of the Treaty An empire is crucial for the future success of the United States Platt Amendment The U.S. is allowed to intervene in Cuban affairs and to buy or lease naval bases there By 1913, 60% of Cubas land was owned and controlled by American business interests


21 Chapter 21: Acquiring and Managing Global Power

22 Three Presidents, Three Foreign Policies: Teddy Roosevelt National Interests- political, economic, military, and cultural goals that a nation considers important Roosevelt- Speak softly and carry a big stick: you will go far Big Stick Policy- Roosevelts strong arm approach in working quietly and patiently to achieve goals overseas but using force if necessary. Roosevelt Corollary- a proposition that is a logical extension of the Monroe Doctrine where the United States would act as international police power to preserve peace and order in the western hemisphere and protect American interest.


24 Three Presidents, Three Foreign Policies: Taft and Wilson Taft continued Roosevelts goals and his Big Stick Policy but also started to focus on the economy Dollar Diplomacy- to encourage and protect trade and investment in Latin American and Asia. Woodrow Wilson tried to take a moral approach to foreign affairs. Moral Diplomacy- democratic ideals rather than economic investment or military force. Self-determination- the right of people of other nations to determine their own government, free of outside influence

25 Panama The US helped Panama overthrow Columbia in 1903 and recognized them as an independent nation. Panama Canal- The United States build a 51 mile canal which connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans over a ten year time period. The canal opened on August 15 th The Canal was an engineering feat of the time. Although recently in 1999 the US returned ownership of the canal back to panama.

26 Mexico Revolution in Mexico in Revolt led by Victoriano Huerta Wilson and Huerta did not get along War almost occurred in 1914 when Wilson sent troops to Veracruz, a port on the Gulf of Mexico to keep weapons from reaching Huertas army. A battle broke out killing 90 Americans and 300 Mexicans. A lot of people opposed Wilsons actions and the troops were pulled out. Months later Huerta resigned and Carranza gained power.

27 Puerto Rico After the Spanish American War the U.S. set up a military government, schools, and a postal service Puerto Ricans grew frustrated with American rule because they were neither U.S. citizens nor Independent Jones Act Wilson made Puerto Rico a U.S. territory but still no rights Puerto Rico remains a U.S. commonwealth- Puerto Rico has control over their laws and finances but decisions on defense and tariffs are in the U.S. hands

28 Philippines After the Spanish American War Filipino Emilio Aguinaldo called for independence from the U.S. February 1899, fight broke out between U.S. and Philippines and the U.S. sent hundreds of thousands of soldiers to put down the revolt. After battles the Filipino army was defeated The U.S. set up a central government and built schools. The U.S. controlled the Philippines until 1946.

29 Hawaii Ruled by Queen Liliuokalani as a Monarchy U.S. military forces overthrew the queen and annexed Hawaii, making it part of the United States as a territory in Hawaii became a state in 1959, the only one that is not part of North America.

30 China China was a huge nation rich in resources Spheres of Influence- areas in which a single nation controlled trading rights, many foreign powers did this in china in the late 1890s Open Door Policy- a U.S. policy issued in 1899 stating that foreign nations must allow free trade in China, Issued by Sec. of State John Hay Boxer Rebellion a group in China led a insurrection (rising up to expel the foreign devils from China). Boxers killed thousands of foreigners including Christian Missionaries and Chinese Christians, but the U.S., Japan, and European Powers crushed the uprising. China remained open to Trade and influence because of Hay and the Open Door Policy.


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