America's Struggle with Empire: A Documentary History by Peter Kastor

By Peter Kastor

How do you govern humans in a international land? How do you govern whilst the folks problem the govt. imposed upon them? How do you reply to that resistance if you are dedicated to making new freedoms for the folk? In America's fight with Empire, historian Peter Kastor has conscientiously compiled and edited a different rfile assortment that explores how american citizens have addressed those advanced concerns through the years. Drawing from a variety of basic resources, this interesting new reference brings unprecedented concentration to the heritage of U.S. makes an attempt to control overseas territories and noncitizens. With the aid of introductory essays and explanatory headnotes, the amount examines how those encounters were considered through americans, and the way they've got formed the connection among the U.S. and the remainder of the realm.

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A product of the empire for liberty, Jackson entered the political scene from the new western state of Tennessee. A national hero for leading the defense of New Orleans in 1815, Jackson first gained national attention in a series of victorious campaigns against the Native Americans of the Deep South and the Gulf Coast. By the time Jackson ascended to the presidency in 1828, he understood the implications of Jefferson’s empire for liberty. Unlike Jefferson, however, who always claimed to admire and sympathize with Native Americans, Jackson had no such illusions.

I was born in Virginia, sir, and I have not yet lost some of my Virginia feelings, notwithstanding an absence of fifteen years, and I cannot see why we should expect the people or Orleans to act and feel differently from other people, more particularly, when the French nation is towering so far above the other nations of the earth; they will have a secret pride in their glory, they will have some attachments, to what extent I cannot say; but, inasmuch as we know that if we send Paddy to Paris, that Paddy he will come back, the idea is certainly not unworthy of our consideration.

I believe it will be the greatest curse that could at present befall us; it may be productive of innumerable evils, and especially of one that I fear even to look upon. Gentlemen on all sides, with very few exceptions, agree that the settlement of this country will be highly injurious and dangerous to the United States . . The gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. COCKE) has shown his usual candor on this subject, and I believe with him, to use his strong language, that you had as well pretend to inhibit the fish from swimming in the sea as to prevent the population of that country after its sovereignty shall become ours .

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