Download e-book for iPad: Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Envisioned 1861–1991 by David Mayers

By David Mayers

ISBN-10: 0312299540

ISBN-13: 9780312299545

ISBN-10: 1349411582

ISBN-13: 9781349411580

Wars and Peace is a ancient examine how american citizens have attempted to conceptualize peace in the course of 5 nationwide safeguard crises: The Civil battle, Spanish-American struggle, global struggle I, international conflict II, and the chilly battle. Mayers examines the highbrow foundations of U.S. overseas coverage considering that 1861 and analyzes the best way that american citizens, around the political spectrum and in occasions of clash, have conceptualized the eras that will keep on with hostilities. Mayers appears at background when it comes to a present challenge: How may still the us style its coverage within the post-Cold battle international? what's remarkable approximately earlier makes an attempt to impose order on a postwar global, Mayers finds, is they did not satisfy the hopes in their authors. but the cumulative effect of those principles has been to form the collective mind's eye in the USA. Mayers argues that U.S. objective is still unchanged and prefer that of each kingdom: to outlive and to prosper.

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Soldiers in the Philippines. S. unity while conferring liberty on the slaves. Dominion in the Philippines would amount to enslavement of a race of ten million souls, he protested, for which justification the United States would seek excuse in the discredited arguments of the antebellum South: backward races benefited from the supervision of a white overseer. Hoar too rejected as spurious those arguments that wanted to impose on remote peoples forms of government that bore no organic link to their history or culture.

Military engagements against Indians in the waning decades of the nineteenth century gave further, if unintended, meaning to what historian Bernard DeVoto called “the plundered province” of the Far West. Nor had corruption in high office ended with the departure of Grant’s scandal-ridden administration. Abuse thrived at every level of government, including the main municipalities like New York, where Tammany chicanery was tradition. Against this marring of the democratic landscape, the determination of mugwumps was hardly more availing than the whine of Henry Adams.

He also realized, however dilatorily, that justice demanded attention be given to the plight of black men and women. His hope was that mercy and justice could be harmonized through compassion, but untimely death prevented him from devising the details. Might he have found a workable formula? Probably not. The dilemma resided in this obvious logic: mutually exclusive claims could not be equally legitimated. Despite Radical efforts, racial justice was subsequently sacrificed to national unity. Deplorable conditions of black life in the South (and elsewhere) festered for decades until a revitalized civil rights movement began after World War II to redress the inequities.

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