American foreign policy of the late 19th century is often defined by the manner with which it had asserted itself onto the world stage, namely in terms of its reinvigoration of the Monroe Doctrine and its new found sense of imperial expansion. Though it is true that such incidents as the War of 1812, and such notions as Manifest Destiny had demonstrated these characteristics, it seems that the expansionist zeal of the latter part of the century was differed significantly. To start, both periods did, however, remain quite similar in that they both justified expansion with notions of Anglo-Saxon supremacy, and of spreading the benefits of Western, Christian civilization. Outside of this singular similarity, one may find major discrepancies, specifically in terms of the manner whereby such imperialist pursuits were conducted, and in the subsequent questions raised, particularly by opponents of such endeavours. The former notion is perhaps most evident in the late 19th century emphasis on naval power and in its extension of the Monroe Doctrine; the latter being found in the new concerns with the constitutionality and morality of acquiring foreign lands.
Three groups in particular, Native Americans, African Americans, and the Chinese, faced hardships as the United States issued policies against these groups and changed their lives. Native Americans in particular were abused by white people in the States. From the 16th century and on, European nations rushed into the “New World,” claiming terrain that Native Americans had lived on for hundreds of years. Treaties were repeatedly made with the United States government and Native American ethnic groups. These treaties generally brutally kicked the “Indians” out of their land and pushed them farther and farther west.
However, the only way this would be possible is if they exterminated the Native Americans. In their eyes, Indians were ignorant savages that were not worthy or capable enough to handle the rich land. "Traditional histories of the United States portray American expansion westward as the advance of `civilization' and the winning of the continent." However, when the Native Americans reminisce back to the westward expansion, their memories are of the traumatic struggle they endured to preserve their culture, land, families and friends. The loss of fellow Indians, thru epidemic diseases, began the depopulation of ... ... middle of paper ... ...
Throughout the centuries major societies have continued to try to conquer lands all around the world. Because of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and globalization many groups of indigenous people have been obliterated, oppressed and discriminated against. Several hundred years ago European settlers came upon a vast land that was full of diverse groups of people who lived in harmony with their surroundings and the environment. The Europeans viewed these people as inferior because they were different than them. Colonization and imperialism led to terrible treatment of indigenous people.
It is described by a fear of death and suspicion of the afterlife, vanity rather than selflessness, and conflict which would in turn cause anger and war. As well as books rather than intuition for knowledge about life and spirituality because the need for a self-righteous feeling has somewhat been lost in a sort of ‘breeding out’ process, and a belief that the spirit and consciousness are products of the brain with no existence outside of the body except karma. As the pit bull was bred out of certain genetic qualities, the human race in modern society has been in its own “natura... ... middle of paper ... ...ave to keep buying and obtaining the newest and most revolutionary thing or your will not seem as cultured as your next door neighbor. As John Galbraith once wrote, “We quite literally advertise our commitment to immaturity, mendacity and profound gullibility.” (Galbraith) He is saying that the big businesses of the world are making juvenile commercials to reach the inner infant inside of us trying to appeal to a “new and shiny” product. That there is a sort of cultural carnivalization where the most entertaining presentation will eventually achieve their goal to getting into our homes and making the American public want more.
This quote directly shows how the lack of connective thoughts can throw a whole situation in disarray. The author uses irony by discussing how the society would fall apart if everyone was not equal, yet with equal intellectual levels George and Haz... ... middle of paper ... ...ike all announcers, had a serious speech impediment” (14). This shows how they give him the job simply because they know he cannot be successful in it. They chose him because he will not make a good productive impact on society. When something is presented that is doable by everyone it has no meaning.
The economy of the United States flourished before, during, and right after the years of the war because the war itself helped the US economy. World War One allowed for the United States to advance as a country due to the changes that occurred within the US during the war, the advancements in the medical and technological fields to help win the war, and the improvement of the economy and businesses within the country because of the war. Throughout the time that the United States was involved with World War One, the US was developing into a more advanced country. Right before the start of the war, Congress passed the Literacy Bill, which tightened up the country’s immigration laws. The Literacy Bill made it so that people who were illiterate were unable to enter the country.
Bismarck Claims The Credit For German Unification In the early 19th Century, the growth of nationalism and the growing economic strength of the German states was very great. The German's shared a common identity in the form of language race and heritage such as music, literature and poetry. The growing improvements in communications and transport also brought the states one step closer together. The reduction of the number of German states from 365 to 39 states made each state more economically and militarily stronger. Conditions, particularly economic conditions, were such in 1862 that Bismarck was able to build on them and gain the credit for their successes.
Many positive things happened during, and as a result of, the British colonization of India. When the East India Company took control of India in 1612, they began modernizing, westernizing, and industrializing India. This westernization included giving women more rights, an attempt to eliminate the caste system and the loss of many of the more backward Hindu religious beliefs such as the domination of women by men and denying an entire class of people any rights. British occupation also did things long term for India. The modern technology and western customs allowed India to become a burgeoning regional superpower.
While true that the Early US foreign policy is described as isolationist in its behaviour to other recognized nations, the reason for it is the view of western expansion as a discovery, not conquest. This is due to the difference in culture, specifically the concept of ownership of land, between the Indians and the white colonists. This “exploration” is the main reason for the later changes and cultural acceptance of aggressive expansion; there of course were other contributing factors, such as Manifest Destiny, Louisiana Purchase and the developing Nationalism, which will be analysed in the next part of this essay. The presented terms are frequently used as an argument to explain the US cultural mind-set in the 19th century and its continued tradition. While the concept of conquest can still be found even in today’s US, it was a partial failure in the 19th century.