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American Foreign Policy

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Nick Creighton

on 14 April 2010

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Transcript of American Foreign Policy

Monroe Doctrine Spanish American War The Monroe Doctrine was the basis of U.S. foreign policy before the Spanish-American War that declared that the U.S. was opposed to further colonization of Latin American by European powers. Suggested by Britain to be a joint declaration against expansionist countries like Russia and France, President Monroe decided to act alone to serve as a warning to Great Britain also. This would be the start of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America used by later presidents to validate intervention whenever Europe was involved in Latin America. After the Civil War the Monroe Doctrine was called upon many times. Forcing Napolean III out of Mexico in 1865
Purchase of Alaska (1867) Pan American Conference (1889) Boundary dispute in Venezuela and British Guiana (1895-1896) Foreign Policy Post War Lead up to the war Cuban nationalist began to rebel from Spanish rule in 1895 "Yellow journalism", newspapers that published exaggerated
and false accounts of Spanish atrocities in Cuba "De Lome letter (1898)," letter written by Spanish diplomat
that was highly critical of President McKinley Sinking of the Maine in harbor of Havana, Cuba President McKinley responded to public outcry by delivering a
war message in April of 1898 US used the war as an oppurtunity to take over the Phillipines from the Spanish. Platt Amendment ended US occupation of Cuba in 1901, but essentially made
Cuba a US protectorate
The war ended in August of that same year In the Insular cases, the Supreme court ruled that constitutional rights did not automatically
extend to territorial possesions like Puerto Rico and the Phillipines The Spanish American war set the precedent for a more active foreign policy. The US began to intervene more in Latin America, as well as all over the world Open Door Policy in China Panama Canal Theodore Roosevelt's Big Stick Policy Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine Great White Fleet William Taft and Dollar Diplomacy Lodge Corollary Woodrow Wilson and Moral Diplomacy Military Intervention in Latin America World War I
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