United States In The 1800s Analysis

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British poet Samuel Butler once said, “God cannot alter the past, though historians can.” This sarcastic comment accurately reflects what historians so often do with the history of their respective civilizations. They are constantly searching for why things happened the way they did. However, the sooner after the event, the more romanticized it becomes in their hypotheses. War becomes a duty to uphold honor and human rights, and peace is a proverbial olive branch, created purely for its own sake. Then, historians analyze events many decades after their spawning and discover, especially in a capitalist country like the United States, that the true causes are less wholesome. The primary causes behind the United States’ most significant foreign…show more content…
American citizens and politicians alike began calling the conflict the “second war of independence.” The political standpoint of entering the war was to preserve the rights of sailors and would-be American immigrants from British impressments. The US also wanted to prove that big brother Britain could not tell them who they could and could not trade with anymore (meaning France). This was an easy pill for the American public to swallow because of continued tensions with Britain after the Revolution and the rise of the anti-Britain, Democratic-Republican Administration and…show more content…
Policymakers in the US were not interested in peace, but rather what they could get out of peace. When it came to negotiating, they blatantly denied Britain’s proposal to allow their Native American allies to stay in their Midwest territories when such a limitation would require the ever growing population of the States to sacrifice precious farmland. Also, the British conceded valuable fishing rights to the American government for the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The treaty did not even mention the problem of impressments that the US tried to pass as justification for declaring war in the first place. The participation in this war also resulted in an explosion within the US Navy that made future overseas endeavors possible, and the United States gained serious respect from European powers that had previously noted the budding country as a cute experiment. Animosity with Britain vanished as the “Era of Good Feelings” began. This gave the US a boost in confidence and began the cycle of foreign involvement that literally defined the borders of the

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