American Foreign Policy and The 1920s

Unit 4
Jason Sisneros

1. 1.The last quarter of the nineteenth century brought a slow but perceptible change in American foreign policy. Discuss how that change developed down through the end of the Spanish-American War. Then trace the development of American foreign policy though the administrations of Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson (to 1917). What assumptions and objectives lay behind their decisions? How did their foreign policies differ in focus? World War I, or the Great War, was the opening phase of what historians increasingly refer to as the Second Thirty-Years War. It was a great watershed in American foreign policy - the first time that American soldiers were sent in massive ...

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area. The U.S was also powerful in the sense that they were able to control the international trade through specific countries such as china. Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson were all categorized as progressive reformers who had a variety of foreign policies. Theodore Roosevelt established a new foreign policy approach, allegedly based on a favorite African proverb, "speak softly, and carry a big stick, and you will go far." His foreign policy was a thinly veiled threat. Roosevelt believed that in light of the country's recent military successes, it was unnecessary to use force to achieve foreign policy goals, so long as the military could threaten force and back it up. President Roosevelt was very successful for example in building the Panama Canal. Americans knew they needed this to move ships from east to west quickly. If they did that, they would control power because they would control the oceans. The US is becoming a Pacific power, and the Panama Canal was about linking our ...

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however German submarines had attacked U.S. ships and the German government encouraged Mexico to invade the U.S. This enraged U.S. public opinion and Wilson was put in a position to ask Congress to finally declare war. To ensure his future leadership, Wilson drafted the Overman Act in March 1918 and pushed it through Congress. The act gave Wilson unprecedented control over the war effort, from governmental powers down to production powers. After Congress passed the act, Wilson was not only the nation's military commander-in-chief, but also its chief in nearly every other aspect of the war. American resources and manpower changed the current Central Powers which had belonged to Germany ...

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