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said the best race would win out. Obsession with Masculinity – Selfexplanatory. Missionary/Civilizing Impulse – In other
words, the “nice” version of American
Exceptionalism (the idea that we’re special).
The missionaries just made it all godly and
altruistic and everything, as many really
believed that they were benefiting the people
they subjugated b/c they were giving them
“liberty” and “prosperity.”
- Enough of that. Now what the heck actually happened?
*US Ambitions Abroad: 1860 – 1880*
- The American empire grew slowly over time, prompted
by leaders like William H. Seward [NY Senator,
Secretary of State 1861 – 1869], who saw a huge US
empire including Canada and surrounding islands. This
173 empire, he thought, would come together naturally
through gravitation towards the US and trade.
- Some of Seward’s schemes included… Virgin Islands – He tried to buy them from
Denmark in 1867, but the Senate and a hurricane
prevented the purchase. Samaná Bay Naval Base – Attempt to get a base
in the Dominican Republic, didn’t work. Intervention in Mexico – Using the Monroe
Doctrine, Seward sent troops to the Mexican
border in 1866 and got Napoleon III to abandon
its puppet regime there. Alaska – In 1867 Seward bought resource-rich
Alaska from Russia. A Worldwide Communication System - Due to the
financier Cyrus Field, a transatlantic cable was
built to link European and American telegraph
networks. This network was then extended to
Latin America as well.
- Other important trends in foreign policy under Seward &
Fish [his successor]: Anglo-American Rapprochement – During this
time GB and the US grew closer. Examples of this
shocking new phenomenon include… The Alabama claims – The Alabama and
such ships were built for the Confederacy by
GB. As they caused Union losses, the US
demanded reparations, and the question was
eventually resolved through a British tribunal
that decided on the amount paid to the US...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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