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HIST-C175-003 - U.S. History Since 1876

HIST-C175-003 - U .S . History Since 1876

Introduction

During the end of the 19th century and early 20th century , the United States came to the realization that the nation could no longer stay isolated from the rest of the world and was in need of a greater focus on foreign policy . In this essay , American foreign policy in the period between 1890 and 1920 will be discussed . This discussion will make clear the point that US foreign policy was driven not only by considerations of morality and high-minded ideology (i .e . the desire

to help others and spread democracy and freedom ) but also by pragmatic economic and strategic considerations based on American self-interest These points will be illustrated with specific examples regarding American policy in Europe , Latin America , and Asia

Democracy and Freedom as Export

The United States , on stronger internal footing as the 19th century came to a close , had become an economic powerhouse through the proliferation of the American railroad system , innovations in technology , and a mass introduction of millions of immigrants into the country . However , one can see the beginnings of the American tendency to never be satisfied with the status quo , as the desire to spread democracy and freedom to other parts of the world began to gain momentum

Perhaps feeling a bit cocky in the aftermath of a Civil War which almost destroyed the US but ultimately verified the solidarity of the nation , Americans , by the late 19th century and into the first few decades of...

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