New PDF release: America's Struggle with Empire: A Documentary History

By Peter Kastor

How do you govern humans in a overseas land? How do you govern whilst the folks problem the govt. imposed upon them? How do you reply to that resistance while you're devoted to making new freedoms for the folk? In America's fight with Empire, historian Peter Kastor has conscientiously compiled and edited a different rfile assortment that explores how americans have addressed those advanced concerns through the years. Drawing from quite a lot of fundamental resources, this attention-grabbing new reference brings unprecedented concentration to the heritage of U.S. makes an attempt to manipulate international territories and noncitizens. With the aid of introductory essays and explanatory headnotes, the amount examines how those encounters were considered through american citizens, and the way they've got formed the connection among the U.S. and the remainder of the area.

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Fellow Citizens of Louisiana! —The wise Policy of the Consul of France, has by the Cession of Louisiana to the United States secured to you a connection beyond the reach of change, and to your posterity the sure inheritance of Freedom. The American people receive you as Brothers, and will hasten to extend to you a participation in those invaluable rights which have formed the basis of their own unexampled prosperity. Under the Auspices of the American Government, you may confidently rely upon the security of your Liberty, your property and the religion of your choice;—You may with equal certainty rest assured that your commerce will be promoted, and your agriculture cherished; in a word that your interest will be among the principal cares of the National Legislature.

14 A MERICA ’ S S TRUGGLE WITH E MPIRE MANIFEST DESTINY In retirement Thomas Jefferson was convinced that his own vision of an empire for liberty had proven successful. In the decades since 1776, the United States had acquired both territory and population without descending into the twin evils of despotism or anarchy that he considered the only options for empires of the European sort. If his own plans for the acquisition of Cuba or other territories had come to nothing, the creation of new states in the West suggested how the United States could expand and acquire territory, all the while preserving the principles of equality, liberty, and representative government.

Thus our citizens will be removed to the immense distance of two or three thousand miles from the capital of the Union, where they will scarcely ever feel the rays of the General Government; their affections will become alienated; they will gradually begin to view us as strangers; they will form other commercial connexions, and our interests will become distinct. These, with other causes that human wisdom may not now foresee, will in time effect a separation, and I fear our bounds will be fixed nearer to our houses than the waters of the Mississippi.

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