As a newly formed country the United States largely adopted a policy of isolationism, meaning that the government believed it was better to keep itself out of the political affairs of other countries. The United States was successful in its isolationism because of its geographical separation from Europe and most other major countries (proquest staff). After the conclusion of the American Civil War, this attitude remained the same. The country had to focus its efforts into the reconstruction and rebuilding of the nation after the years of strain and warfare that split the country in two. However, as the nineteenth century drew to a close and as both agriculture and industry exploded, the attitudes of American citizens began to change. The American citizens and government then began to pay attention to the expanding and profitable resources in other parts of the world. This way of thinking is an example of imperialism, or the expansion of a country’s power, which the United States had already been practicing on its own land. The United States government frequently took resources and laid claim to land belonging to the Native Americans, for example. This new wave of imperialism was different in that the United States was now increasingly interested in potential profits in other parts of the world, not just in its immediate area. The United States gained an interest in places such as Hawaii, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Cuba among others. A recent well known instance of foreign policy in the modern day is the way in which the United States government handled the events in Syria. While in the 1890’s citizens of the United States would have had little to no qualms about interfering in the country’s affairs, the American public today is more reluctant to jump right in. For example, when “U.S. President Barack Obama tried to drum up momentum for airstrikes in Syria to punish and deter the use of chemical weapons, he failed to gain much of a following” (Gao). There...
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