America in the World: A History in Documents from the War

How may still the United States wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? may still it adhere to grand rules or act on slender self-interest? should still it companion with different international locations or steer clear of entangling alliances? american citizens were grappling with questions like those during the nation’s heritage, and particularly because the emergence of the U.S. as an important international strength within the past due 19th century. the USA on this planet illuminates this heritage by way of taking pictures the varied voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those who participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this special reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and tune lyrics. It encompasses numerous stages of yankee diplomatic historical past which are ordinarily taken care of individually, comparable to the 1st global conflict, the chilly battle, and Sept. 11. The e-book provides the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of nation, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative varieties of americans, reminiscent of newspaper columnists, priests, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally gains a number of records from different nations, illustrating how foreigners considered America’s function within the world.

Ideal for lecture room use, America within the World sheds mild at the advanced interaction of political, fiscal, ideological, and cultural components underlying the workout of yank energy at the international stage.

• comprises greater than 2 hundred files from the past due 19th century to today
• appears to be like at every thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and track lyrics
• offers assorted views, from elite policymakers to monks and novelists
• gains records from outdoor the USA, illustrating how humans in different international locations considered America’s function on this planet

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Modest Jefferson! He had been Governor, Ambassador to France, Vice-­ President and President; he was ripe in experience and crowned with honors; but this modern law-­giver, this immortal genius, hesitated to suggest laws for a people with whose habits, customs and methods of thought he was unfamiliar. And yet the imperialists of today, intoxicated by a taste of blood, are rash enough to enter upon the government of the Filipinos, confident of the nation’s ability to compel obedience, even if it cannot earn gratitude or win affection.

He has a certain spontaneous promptitude of action and of feeling, akin to that which is displayed by all dumb animals. Man is a compound of feeling and intellect. In the savage, feeling predominates, and the intellect plays a very subordinate part. But now take your savage in hand, cut his hair, put trousers on his legs, give him a common school education, an air-­tight stove, and a daily newspaper, and presently his intellect will develop, and will exercise more and more control over his feelings.

3) The United States is becoming yearly more of a manufacturing nation. The value of our exports of manufactured products in 1870 was $68,279,764; in 1890, $151,102,376; and in 1896, $228,489,893. While these figures show a large increase, the largest shipment of manufactured goods in any one year ($228,489,893) is small as compared with our capacity and opportunities, and with the exports of manufactures by our competitors of Western Europe. The latter reach an annual value of $3,500,000,000.

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