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How should still the US wield its huge, immense energy past its borders? should still it adhere to grand ideas or act on slender self-interest? may still it companion with different international locations or stay away from entangling alliances? americans were grappling with questions like those in the course of the nation’s background, and particularly because the emergence of the us as a huge global energy within the overdue 19th century. the US on this planet illuminates this historical past through shooting the various voices and viewpoints of a few of the main colourful and eloquent those who participated in those momentous debates.

Spanning the period from the Gilded Age to the Obama years, this distinct reader collects greater than 2 hundred documents--everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and track lyrics. It encompasses a variety of levels of yankee diplomatic background which are regularly taken care of individually, reminiscent of the 1st global battle, the chilly struggle, and Sep 11. The ebook offers the views of elite policymakers--presidents, secretaries of kingdom, generals, and diplomats--alongside these of alternative varieties of american citizens, resembling newspaper columnists, priests, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It additionally positive aspects a number of records from different nations, illustrating how foreigners considered America’s function within the world.

Ideal for lecture room use, America within the World sheds gentle at the complicated interaction of political, fiscal, ideological, and cultural elements underlying the workout of yank strength at the international stage.

• contains greater than 2 hundred records from the overdue 19th century to today
• appears to be like at every little thing from presidential addresses to political cartoons and tune lyrics
• offers various views, from elite policymakers to priests and novelists
• beneficial properties records from open air the us, illustrating how humans in different nations seen America’s position on the planet

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1893, do hereby protest against the ratification of a certain treaty, which, so I am informed, has been signed at Washington by Messrs. Hatch, Thurston, and Kinney, purporting to cede those Islands to the territory and dominion of the United States. I declare such a treaty to be an act of wrong toward the native and part-­native people of Hawaii, an invasion of the rights of the ruling chiefs, in violation of international rights both toward my people and toward friendly nations with whom they have made treaties, the perpetuation of the fraud whereby the constitutional government was overthrown and, finally, an act of gross injustice to me.

The Oberlin Alumni suggest an “Oberlin Band” to be organized and sent into the field. From the far West and from the far East we receive letters from well-­trained, earnest and godly teachers and preachers anxious to volunteer for this service. The sinews of war for this magnificent Christian campaign are wanting. The responsibility of promptly entering these fields that God is opening to Christian conquest and an intelligent and free gospel rests upon those who can furnish these great sinews of war.

The hospitals—­of these I need not speak; others have described their condition far better than I can. It is not within the narrow limits of my vocabulary to portray it. I went to Cuba with a strong conviction that the picture had been overdrawn; that a few cases of starvation and suffering had inspired and stimulated the press correspondents, and that they had given free play to a strong, natural and highly cultivated imagination. I could not believe that out of a population of one million six hundred thousand, 200,000 had died within these Spanish forts, practically prison walls, within a few months past, from actual starvation and disease caused by insufficient and improper food.

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