President Woodrow Wilson 's Foreign Policy Essay

1002 Words Nov 17th, 2015 5 Pages
From the beginning of his term, President Woodrow Wilson had not been an advocate of aggressive foreign policies since he detested Imperialism. Along with his Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, Wilson believed in a foreign policy called “moralistic diplomacy”, which based foreign decisions on moral as opposed to material values. Uprisings in Latin America called for the use of this policy to spread democratic values, but the negative effects of moralistic diplomacy overshadowed this idealistic view. Although Wilson’s foreign policy protected American securities in Latin America, moralistic diplomacy mainly caused prolonged hostilities between the United States and Latin America. Lastly, Wilson’s policy was concerned with promoting democracy abroad while Roosevelt and Taft’s foreign policies were more involved with asserting America’s presence overseas. First and foremost, Wilson’s moralistic diplomacy was designed to promote democracy in foreign countries because he was a strong believer that just government should rest on the “consent of the governed” (Clements). He implemented this new idea in 1916 with the Jones Act, which promised Filipinos independence as soon as a stable government became present (Bailey 710). This was a positive effect for the people in the Philippines because they now had a chance for liberty once they had an acceptable government, which had to be democratic in the eyes of Wilson. The president also granted citizenship to Puerto Ricans,…

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