Madison's Decision To Change US Foreign Policy Essay

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It was a fateful day, September 11, 2001. I remember it as a blur. I was falling asleep (we lived in Hong Kong at the time), proud of turning five years old, when I heard yelling downstairs. The television blared, bewildered newscasters yelling over the commotion, trying to make sense of the multiple terrorist attacks on the major government buildings: the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, the White House, and the Capitol Building. This catastrophe sparked mass pandemonium and spiraling chaos throughout the world. I just stood in front of the television, speechless (that was a miracle for me at the time). Even I sensed that this was going to be a major factor in many events to come. Furthermore, this was the event that sent the United States into …show more content…
For example, “The British continued seizing American ships and impressing American sailors” (Hart 168). Also, “Public outrage quickly grew and many citizens of the United States blamed the British for inciting the tribes to violence and supplying them with firearms” (Battle of Tippecanoe). Since the British were like bullies, then by studying the demeanor and behavior, the only way to stop this was harsh and direct confrontation. Furthermore, before any of this happened, Madison held an offer to Britain and France: if your country stops seizing our ships, then we will cut off all trade with the other country. Britain did not take this offer, or even consider it; they were not looking for peace with the United States. They were picking a fight. Bullying often demeans your self-esteem. Once your confidence is allowed to grow, your whole life flourishes. This is what happened to the young America. The result of the war led to the growth of America as a country to proceed. The war led to the respect of the US as a truly sovereign and respected nation in the world. Fending off the British was a huge statement for the US to broadcast to the world. Many sources agree with this: “The war resulted in “an upsurge of nationalism that united Americans and led to the development of a national identity” (The War). Even more importantly though, the Indians resistance in the west weakened – “most of the Native Americans who fought with

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