08 - Monroe Doctrine told European powers to stay out of...

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Monroe Doctrine told European powers to stay out of Western Hemisphere. o Later mythologized- America said to stay out and they stayed out. In reality the British wanted it that way as well. They did not want the French to come in. They were then able to maintain their dominance for some time. It did not work because the US said to stay out. Myths of the 19 th Century o The myth of the exceptional country The sense that the U.S., developing as it did, with the type of democracy we have o The myth of the pacifist country The U.S. “was following Washington’s farewell address and engaging in commerce, not other kinds of activities.” Certainly if you got in the way of the U.S. on this continent you would disagree. We may not have been involved in European wars, but we were not a pacifist country. o The myth of the isolationist country This is probably the strongest myth. The U.S. “retreated from world affairs, was not interested in affairs of others, all it wanted to do was do business.” The United States may have wanted to remain neutral but we were involved. In World War I we were associated with certain countries but did not fully ally. Spanish American War o Kagan ends with a discussion on this matter. o He calls the Spanish-American war the “most popular war in American history.” o Kagan is at his rhetorical best for his argument. McKinley said to his assistant that he did not want the war, in fact, he regretted the war. What
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