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Unformatted text preview: NOTES 02/23 The Progressive and World War I The world needs to be safe for democracy America became an empire. The Language of Freedom: the excuse, it wasnt for political or economic reasons, but to free the people. Liberal Internationalism: Political and economical power goes hand to hand. The more international trade the more power. Increase trade abroad means greater freedom for Americans at home. Denoted a shift from 19 th century traditions to intervening to the world to make a picture of the U.S. W. Wilson was a progressive president. He believed you can fix society and humanity with the smarter dealing with the toughest problems.-Era of Intervention The US had experience in international affairs before WWI in mostly Latin American affairs. From 1901-1920, military was sent to LatinAmerica more than 20times Teddy Roosevelts take of the Canal of Panama. Colombia wouldnt let the US build the canal, so Roosevelt took advantage of an uprising and supported Varilla to fight for independence. And then later Varilla let TR build the canal. Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine: The US help latin countries to keep European powers from conquering their lands but at the same time they took advantage and forced them to give up their economic power to US control. Dollar Diplomacy: Tafts policy to lend money to Latin countries. Made countries always in debt with America. Wilson and Mexico: The US took advantage of the revolt and struggle for power among the political leaders of Mexico. Federal Government Expansion. Project American power abroad trough the Monroe doctrine (1823) 1901-1920, Us marines dispatched to Caribbean countries to ensure stable business and political conditions for Americans to safely conduct their business. Teddy, civilized nation or uncivilized nations. Civilized Nations needed to establish order in the uncivilized nations. Teddy was very active. He negotiated a settlement between Russia and Japan and got a peace prize for trying to make peace. The Panama Canal. Teddy engineered the separation of Panama from Colombia to construct a Canal to link the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. 1903, the Canal belonged to Colombia. Colombia refused to cede land to construct the U.S. Canal so Teddy supported an uprising in the regions. When Panama people tried to rebel, U.S. calmed them down. Canal completed in 1914. It was a massive project that was phenomenal. Saved ships 8,000 miles. Tensions with central America. 2000, Panama gets its Canal back....
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