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American Expansionism and Foreign Policies: Then and Now


Nhi Nguyen

on 16 October 2012

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American Expansionism & Foreign Policies: Then and Now Foreign Policies Then
Presentation made by Nhi Nguyen Foreign Policies Now
-Back then, the foreign policies were made mainly for imperialism/expansionism.
-We are not currently expanding the U.S.
-We do not expand throughout with land, but more with economical benefits.
Foreign policy in the U.S. had changed during imperialism. It started in 1796, George Washington had given a speech about how the U.S. wouldn't intervene with other nations. However soon, Anglo-Saxionsim began to spread in Europe, and then soon the U.S. was influenced and believed that it was their destiny to spread their culture and religion, thus expanding.

-going to war with Spain
-annexing Hawaii, Cuba, Philliphines
-Platt Amendment
-Big Stick Diplomacy, Dollar Diplomacy, and the Moral Diplomacy.
"North Korea-made designer jeans launched in Sweden." Nordstrom, Louise. The Washington Post. December 4, 2009.

To inform that Sweden entrepreneurs had launched a partnership with North Korea in making jeans, they are trying to help break the countries isolation.

Bias: There is no bias.

Connection: In a way, this is similar to Matthew C. Perry and his expedition to Japan. for which both the entrepreneurs and Perry try to open new oversea markets.

Work Cited:

Website: "Imperialism." United States History. Web. 08 Jan. 2010. <http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h815.html>.

Website: "1830-1860." U.S. Department of State. Web. 08 Jan. 2010. <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/dwe/>.

Website: "1866-1898." U.S. Department of State. Web. 07 Jan. 2010. <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/gp/>.

Textbook: McGraw-Hill. "Becoming a World Power." The American Republic Since 1877, Student Edition (Glencoe). New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2004. 390-415. Print.

Political Cartoon: Bendib, Khalil. Comic strip. New America Media. Web. 7 Jan. 2010. <http://blogs.newamericamedia.org/bendib>. "Obama's Afghan plan: Will it work?" Tanneeru, Manav. CNN, World. December 2, 2009.

Summary: This article talks about Obama's new foreign policy of sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to try to conclude the war. It gives people's perspectives if this plan would actually work or not.

Bias: There really isn't much
of a bias since it states different
opinions, however it slightly weighs on the side in which Obama's plan will not work more.

Purpose: To further inform about Obama's plan to send more troops to Afghanistan, and to inform the audience that maybe the plan might not work.

What should we learn from this?
Expansionism isn't just about gaining new territories, but also with economical benefits.

What should we go away thinking?
Is imperialism necessary? What would happen if the U.S. didn't become imperialists?

Our foreign policies are different now, for we do not mostly focus on trying to expand our country, although we do try to gain more economical benefits.

-Sending troops to Iraq to help form a democracy
-lifting Cuba of all travel restrictions
-United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act Opposing Perspectives:
-Back then, some people had opposed imperialism, some reasons include:
-the cost of the empire outweighed the economic benefits provided
-violated American principles Similarites
-We still apply the military to foreign policies
-We still use the navy to protect oversea interests
-We have/had also tried to bring democracy to other countries
-We still go to war with other countries
-We still use moral diplomacy today
-We still use big stick diplomacy today
-We still use dollar diplomacy today
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