By Dennis Merrill, Thomas G. Paterson

ISBN: 0547218249 | ISBN-13: 9780547218243
eISBN: 111178549X | eISBN-13: 9781111785499

Designed to motivate severe puzzling over heritage, this reader makes use of a gently chosen workforce of basic resources and analytical essays to permit scholars to check the interpretations of distinctive historians and draw their very own conclusions in regards to the background of yankee international coverage. this article serves as a good academic instrument for classes on U.S. international coverage, fresh U.S. background, or twentieth Century U.S. heritage. The 7th variation introduces new stories on America's early international family which search to put the nation's publish "9-11" attitudes and behaviors inside of historic context. a few of the new literature spotlights cultural family, and the ways that culturally built attitudes approximately type, gender, race, and nationwide identification have formed American's perceptions of the realm and thus its out of the country relationships.

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He stressed the necessity of greater attention to American interests in a letter to Patrick Henry: “My ardent desire is . . to see that [the United States] may be independent of all, and under the influence of none. In a word, I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others. . ” In his Farewell Address Washington explained why foreign attachments endangered the nation’s wellbeing: “The Nation, which indulges toward another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave.

For one thing, Filipinos were, like Indians, Mexicans, and Cubans, alleged to be racially inferior to white Americans, and thus incapable of looking after themselves. They were supposedly childish too, and thus incapable of looking after themselves. And they were—and the conclusion was once more supposed to be obvious—feminized or effeminate, too weak to fend off enemies and too lightheaded to forge their own political system. A previous generation of Americans had likened their absorption of others’ lands to a marriage, as if the policy was mutual.

By thus taking up the duty of “regeneration and civilization,” America could perform the noble work of teaching inferiors to appreciate the blessings they already enjoyed but were inclined to overlook. In turn, this would prepare them for the better days to follow under America’s benevolent leadership. Near the end of the century, American missionaries and domestic religious leaders began to impart a more theological tone to this crusading fervor. This resulted in part from the effort by the clergy to marry traditional Christianity with the new doctrine of evolution and in that way adjust their theology to the latest revelations, and also to sustain their influence in the age of science.

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