American Policy Essay by RightRiters

American Policy
A history of American Policy and discussion of how America has rapidly grown into a major world power.
# 23774 | 2,901 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper examines how the United States of America started out as a backwater British colony of little importance and has rapidly grown into a major world power in just over two centuries time. It details the causes of this transformation, taking into account the perspectives of two authors, Russell Weigley and Walter Lafeber. It looks at how the U.S. was an imperialist nation and how beginning with the attempts to annex Canada after the Revolution and to put the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny into practice, the United States made clear its intentions to expand its borders, influence and economic opportunities from its very beginnings. It shows how after the Civil War, domestic and international circumstances came together to provide the U.S. with the precise opportunities it needed to swell out into the world and become a true imperialist power which became a stepping stone to the U.S. emerging as the world power it is today.

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"While most historians have claimed that then-president William McKinley was spineless and bowed to public pressure in declaring war on Spain, Walter Lafeber states that it was a carefully controlled decision on McKinley's part that lead to the declaration of war, and that the reason for the declaration was economic. He states that Cuba and other Caribbean nations were important for America as foreign markets, and that stability and accessibility to those nations was important to America's developing economic strength. Lafeber states that McKinley viewed war with Spain as necessary, because if the presence of Spain could be removed from Cuba, then the revolutionary movements there would stop and America would have full trading access to the island."

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