Tag: Growth of a Nation

The Embargo Act of 1807 – On a Path Toward War

Embargo Act of 1807

The Embargo Act of 1807 – On the Path Toward War To many Americans, the Embargo Act seemed like a hair-brained idea, if ever there was one. On December 17, 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte issued the Milan Decree in answer to the British orders in council of November 11. The countermeasure ruled that all ships obeying

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Growth of a Nation

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Missouri Compromise

Map of Free and Slave States

Missouri Compromise Washington DC 06 March 1820 With the purchase of the Louisiana Territory and the application of Missouri for statehood, the long-standing balance between the number of slave states and the number of free states would be changed. Controversy arose within Congress over the issue of slavery. Congress adopted this legislation and admitted Missouri

John L. O’Sullivan on Manifest Destiny

Triplett's March of Destiny

John L. O’Sullivan on Manifest Destiny New York, NY November 1839 In 1839, John L. O’Sullivan, editor of the Democratic Review, referred in his magazine to America’s “manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” During O’Sullivan’s day, aggressive nationalists invoked manifest destiny to justify

Monroe Doctrine

A caricature of England and Germany responding to the Venezuelan Blockade.

Monroe Doctrine President James Monroe Washington DC 02 December 1823 The Monroe Doctrine was enunciated by President James Monroe in his annual message to Congress on the state of the union. “American continents…are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers…” At the time, the influence of Spain, France,

Louisiana Purchase Treaty

First map illustrating the Louisiana Territory, 1804

The Louisiana Purchase Treaty Paris, France 30 April 1803 The Louisiana Purchase has been described as the greatest real estate deal in history. In 1803 the United States paid France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory—some 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The lands acquired stretched from the Mississippi River to

Thomas Jefferson: Instructions for Meriwether Lewis

Thomas Jefferson

Even before consummating the Louisiana Purchase with France, President Jefferson laid plans to explore the region. In June 1803, he sent a letter to his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, who had recruited to lead the mission. The message lists many objectives for the expedition, but stresses economic, geopolitical, and scientific matters. Note in particular that the President

George Washington: Farewell Address

George Washington Signature

In early 1796, President George Washington decided not to seek election to a third term as United States president. Later that year, his 32-page farewell address appeared in Philadelphia’s American Daily Advertiser. The outgoing president Washington urged Americans to avoid excessive political party spirit, geographical distinctions, and entanglements with foreign nations—issues that resonate today. President George Washington: Farewell

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Solitude of Self

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In February 1892, at the age of seventy‐six, Elizabeth Cady Stanton delivered this powerful and eloquent speech to the House Judiciary Committee. Later that evening, she delivered the same address before the members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), the organization she led for twenty years. “The Solitude of Self” is widely considered

Abigail Adams: Letter to Her Daughter from the New White House

White House, 1790s

Abigail Adams wrote this letter to her daughter, Abigail Smith, in November 1800, shortly after moving into their new home, the “President’s House.” The correspondence provides a fascinating glimpse of rustic life in the executive mansion and America’s new capital city, Washington D.C. Abigail Adams: Letter to Her Daughter from the New White House by Abigail