American Visions of Foreign Policy, 1750-1913

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American Visions of Foreign Policy 1750-1913 Introduction The United States has been, from its inception, a country that was interested in expansion and of growing its influence abroad. The original administration, that of George Washington, contained a member of the cabinet who is said to be the progenitor of American foreign policy, Alexander Hamilton. Throughout the years others Jefferson, Quincy Adams, Polk, Teddy Roosevelt have led the country based on a vision for expansion and diplomacy that set the table further for those who came after. One man, James Blaine, was also a member of a presidential administration who had significant influence as to the present look of the United States and how the country now conducts international dealings. Early on the expansion had a feeling of empire because many of the founders and men who came after believed that the values of the United States should be spread at least from sea to sea. This paper is a look at how American foreign policy was shaped during the years from 1789 through 1913, and how the nation changed as a result of the spirit of conquest and empire. Alexander Hamilton Most historians would say that the Father of American foreign policy was Alexander Hamilton. That is, actually, present foreign policy. Hamilton was not as much of an expansionist as Jefferson and some of the other founders who believed that the US was endowed by God to bring as many other people into the fold of democracy as possible. He was the
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