Early American Foreign Policy

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The United States foreign policy during 1865 to 1910 was determined less by economic than by strategic, moral, and political interests as shown in the Civil War, yellow journalism, and the Spanish-American war concerning Cuba. During the Civil War, foreign policy was based primarily on strategic awareness, for the country was in an internal war, making the country vulnerable to European nations. Further into the history of America, the Spanish-American war brought forth many different foreign policies in the political interest that concerned Cuba, for America tried to remain neutral during the Cuban revolution. During the Spanish-American war, the moral aspect of foreign policy took place when yellow journalism, a form of deceitful news reporting, took wave to a battle of the press. As the Spanish-American war progressed, new changes to foreign policy furthered into a way to creating the road America would take in becoming one of the most powerful nations in the world.

During the Civil War, the mighty nation of America seemed to be crumbling before the eyes of the world. Foreign policy took a strategic form when the hungry eyes of Europe were surrounding America. The break of the north and south was England's way of taking back what was once Hers. As the south fought the north, they north also had to fight the British, for they were aiding the south in their favor. France and England, the two primary countries who aided in the American Civil War, were well pleased by the fact that America was becoming divided. This was because both countries were monarchies, and seeing the American Democracy split as a result of an unstable government would prove that Democracy would not work, almost forcing America to step back to phase one. However, America dismissed Europe from Her lands on the...