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The Trent Affair (1861)

The Trent Affair  By Geoffrey Rothenberg In the early stages of the Civil War, the Confederacy sent out diplomats to Europe in order to secure recognition and, more importantly, possible military aid.  The southern leadership was confident that European powers … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the Mexican-American War 1845-1847

By Allie Reed ’13 [cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=207483233388094310442.0004af0fbf864f5d8b912&msa=0&ll=49.837982,-78.662109&spn=12.082741,32.124023 width=600 height=425 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=3 scrolling=no] Although the cause of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) was rooted in American expansionism, the war was ultimately caused by the desire to protect the interests of the United … Continue reading

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The Venezuela Crisis of 1895

The diplomatic crisis that occurred in the mid 1890s is a perfect reference to study America’s changing role in the world during that period. This event had far-reaching consequences, and it is the first example of the United States behaving … Continue reading

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Seward’s Folly

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=214811213442523482190.0004aface509e874cf0db&msa=0&ll=51.399206,-39.375&spn=119.581293,346.289063 width=350 height=425 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] By Anne Crowell, ‘12 On March 30, 1867, the US, represented by Secretary of State William Henry Seward, signed a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.  Though the diplomatic move … Continue reading

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The French Occupation of Mexico

The French occupation of Mexico in the 1860s is an intriguing period in American diplomacy, as various historical factors caused a unique situation, eventually resulting in a success in the eyes of America. Napoleon III of France had the intentions … Continue reading

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Maine’s Boundary Brawl and the 1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty

Upon his arrival at Vancouver International Airport in the fall of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson remarked, “no nation in the world has had greater fortune than mine in sharing a continent with the people and the nation of Canada.” In … Continue reading

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Mapping Out the U.S. in China’s Boxer Rebellion

Julianne Greco ’12 China’s Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 20th century was a three-way clash and shifting balance of power between Chinese peasants, the Qing Empire, and foreign powers (primarily Western). The Boxers, a religious and mystic-based group, … Continue reading

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Mapping With Google

Students are required to create a custom Google Map documenting an episode in US Diplomatic History between 1840 and 1880 using excerpts from secondary sources.  Students will create custom placemarks that include quoted text from secondary sources, relevant public domain … Continue reading

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