Importance Of American Foreign Policy

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Governor Livingston High School

Money and Morality

Katie Zimmermann
Advanced Placement United States History
Mr. Bolger
2 November 2016 American foreign policy greatly changed in 1898. This was partially due to the the close of the western frontier, which caused citizens to fear that the once abundant natural resources would become scarce. The panic of 1893 further encouraged the search for new overseas markets. In 1898, America 's victory in the Spanish-American War ended the colonial Spanish empire in the Western Hemisphere. As a result of the war, America obtained Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. America also annexed Hawaii during the war (The Spanish-American War, 1898). These foreign land gains helped America economically. American investments took over Cuba 's economy and made it important to America. Cuba also established an economy based on sugar production that, like in Puerto Rico, was unstable and
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Businesses in America supported and gave loans to the Allied Forces during World War I. If they lost, American businesses would not have received their loans back ("5 Reasons for the US Entry into World War I"). President Wilson expressed America 's main moral incentive in his War Message to Congress where he argued that "The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty," and that in order to do that America must enter the war (Kelly, Martin). This goal was also displayed in Wilson 's 14 Points that emphasized self-determination and was against governments that were forced onto the people. During Wilson 's second term, he added to Roosevelt 's and Taft 's foreign policy goal. America 's entry into World War I changed American foreign policy through adding moral incentives to it, while continuing to use it for economic

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