The acquisition of the Louisiana territory by Thomas Jefferson from the French in 1803, was too good a deal to pass up. Primarily interested in the strategic port city of New Orleans, and unrestricted use of the Mississippi River for trade, when offered the entirety of the territory by Napoleon, Jefferson saw an opportunity for the expansion of his “empire of liberty”. However, this treaty, made official on July 4th, 1803, which would give to the United States 828,000 square miles of new land, and cost 15 million dollars (almost doubling the federal spending of that year), would push the boundaries of the constitution. Given only six months to ratify the treaty, Jefferson knew that it would be impossible to pass an amendment to the Constitution in time, that would allow the purchase. He himself remarked, “The ge...
... middle of paper ...
Jefferson, Thomas. Library of Congress, "Thomas Jefferson to James Madison." Last modified April 09, 1809. Accessed April 11, 2014. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/149.html.
Joy, Mark S. American Expansionism 1783-1860. London: Pearson Longman, 2003.
Kiernan, Ben. Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur. Harrisonburg, VA: Yale University Press, 2007.
Lewis, James E. The Louisiana Purchase: Jefferson's Noble Bargain?. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
Thornton, Russell. American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History Since 1492. The University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.
Watson, David K. Jefferson and Imperialism: Democratic Expansion. From Jefferson's purchase of Louisiana the Democratic administrations have favored expansion. Milwaukee, WI: Allied Printing, 1900.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Before the Meiji era, Japan experienced rule by the Tokugawa shogunate in the Edo era. The Tokugawa shogunate did not allow other nations into Japan because “they had opened Japan to ‘corruption’ by the ideas of Christianity” (Beasley 22). However, the arrival of the American commander, Commodore Matthew C. Perry in the port of Edo changed Japan forever. “The advent of the Western powers thoroughly dislodged the Tokugawa international order. In March 1854, Japan concluded with the United States the ‘Treaty of Amity’ and, in July 1858, the ‘Treaty of Amity and Commerce’” (Zachmann 12).... [tags: Imperialism]
2192 words (6.3 pages)
- The United States of America had begun its political life as a colony of the British Empire. However, as the 20th century dawned, the nation quickly found itself as one of the world’s leading imperial powers. Historians have proposed various reasons for this change in the American psyche. Historians from the progressive school of thought argue that economic interests dictated American foreign policy; while academics of the Conservative or older patriotic tradition advocate that the nation's brief foray into imperialism represented a “great aberration” from typical American isolationism.... [tags: U.S. History]
2442 words (7 pages)
- The Spanish-American War During the last years of the nineteenth century, the United States would find itself involved in what John Jay, the American secretary of state, later referred to as a "splendid little war; begun with highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by that fortune which loves the brave." From an American standpoint, because there were few negative results, and so many significantly positive consequences, John Jay was correct in calling the Spanish-American War a "splendid little war." The defeat of the Spanish forces marked the end of their rule in the Americas and also marked the rise of the United States as a global military power.... [tags: American America History]
1250 words (3.6 pages)
- End notes are missing from the paper. To Secretary of State John Hay, the Spanish-American War was a "splendid little war", one that would bring tremendous benefit to those fortunate colonies liberated from Spain. For those places where the Spanish were forcibly expelled, there was nothing splendid about either about the war or its aftermath. To state simply that war is hell and that change is disruptive is merely to state the obvious. Beyond this, many U.S. historians have characterized the results of U.S.... [tags: American History]
5534 words (15.8 pages)
- Brinkley, Douglas. The wilderness warrior : Theodore Roosevelt and the crusade for America. New York : HarperCollins, 2009. This Roosevelt biography is written with an emphasis on tracing the role he played as a conservationist. This is important to understanding Roosevelt’s motivations in his decisions regarding business and the environment. Brinkley’s focus on Roosevelt’s crusade for the natural environment offers an alternative to an “anti-business” president. The book also details Roosevelt’s successes and legacy.... [tags: personal beliefs, biography]
544 words (1.6 pages)
- While viewing the film King Leopold’s Ghost one could not ignore the fact that the filmmakers had a position that was critical to the idea of imperialism in the Congo as well as in the rest of the world. This is an understandable view as the depictions of the horrible atrocities in the Congo were beyond deplorable. The enslavement of the populace is unforgivable and the physical as well as emotional torture imposed on the population was truly disturbing. The film portrays Leopold as ruthless, he is fully aware of the conditions in his colony but the misery of the people has no effect on him.... [tags: imperialism, congo, profit, exploitation]
548 words (1.6 pages)
- How American are American Samoans. Since the 19th century, historians have defined three major waves of American immigration particularly from countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In the case of American Samoans, the native population of the United States Territory of American Samoa, emigration from these islands began in the 1950’s. However, unlike other ethnic groups, like the Mexicans and Chinese, who were also arriving in the U.S. around the same period, American Samoa was already part of the union for nearly 50 years, yet, the natives’ desire to migrate to Hawai’i and the mainland seemed to surface slowly.... [tags: History Samoans Samoan Essays]
3013 words (8.6 pages)
- Throughout history revolution existed as a means to stop tyranny, and achieve freedom at all cost. In terms of American history, I agree that the “unfreedom” they speak of, did lead to the American Revolution. First we will look at the dangers of Imperialism, Bartoleme de Las “Casas, Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies”. And lastly Economic Power a “letter from Richard Frethorne, and Indentured servant in Virginia”. Absolute Power corrupts all, when there is no one to confront it. We can see this in first hand, of Bartolme de Las Casas accounts of the Indies in 1592.... [tags: Slavery, Indentured servant, Indenture]
970 words (2.8 pages)
- Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903 Miller provides an account of the American-Philippines war from 1899-1903, revealing aspects of United States imperialism that are often forgotten. Miller provides both a military history as well as a demonstration of the way America lied and forgot its history, justifying war and colonization as a step for greater good. America's involvement in the Philippines is sometimes remembered as an act to protect Filipino's from Spain, and to "teach' them American democracy.... [tags: History Politics Political Papers]
2829 words (8.1 pages)
- The Vietnam War From the outset, the Vietnam War manifested itself as a conflict that could only be settled by prolonged engagement. Because the war was fundamentally an ideological struggle between the democratic, capitalist United States and the Communist bloc of the U.S.S.R. and China, the strategy formulated by both democratic and communist advisory forces in North and South Vietnam conformed to accepted Cold War military practices. However, while initially similar to the war in Korea, the war in Vietnam soon outgrew and exceeded the expectations of U.S.... [tags: American History]
1667 words (4.8 pages)
- Becoming a Medical Laboratory Technologist
- George Washington: General of the Continental Army
- Symbolizing the Ideas and Beliefs in The Lottery
- The Positive and Negative Aspects of Video Games in Society
- Same-Sex Marriage: Church vs. State
- The Millionaire Next Door by William Danko and Thomas J. Stanley