June 23

Ep. 0006 The “Large Policy”

How did the United States go from being a country that, in the words of then-Secretary of State (and future President) John Quincy Adams in 1821, “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” to being, dare I say it, Team America:  World Police?  This podcast will tell you how a small, elite (and elitist) clique of American leaders and intellectuals made the country change its foreign policy course one-hundred-and-eighty degrees from that charted by our Founders and their sons and grandsons, and a country founded on anti-imperialism began acting blatantly imperialistic.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The foreign policy prescriptions of America’s founding generations, which were (for the most part) reiterated and followed by America’s leaders for most of the nineteenth century
  • The emergence of the “Large Policy” clique that steered America (mostly against the wishes of most average Americans) down the road toward emulating the European Empires of the day (especially the British)
  • Members of that clique, including:  Adm. Alfred T. Mahan, Henry Cabot Lodge, Theodore Roosevelt, Brooks Adams, John Hay
  • The ideology and motives of these men
  • Also, press tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who though not a member of the clique, shared their eagerness for war for his own reasons
  • Some interesting & revealing quotes from the Large Policy clique
  • Some of the late-nineteenth-century American leaders (generally of an older generation than the Large Policy guys) who opposed American overseas expansionism and war, including Thomas Brackett Reed & Grover Cleveland
  • How tensions with Spain over Cuba would give the Large Policy clique the opportunity to start getting their way. (This war will be covered next episode.)

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Posted June 23, 2014 by profcj in category "American History", "Podcasts

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