U.S. Foreign Affairs – The Effects of the Civil War

Since the Civil War left America in such a state of turmoil, the government tried to purposefully avoid any foreign affairs. This wasn’t completely successful as secretary of state, William Seward interfered in Korean politics, Caribbean politics, and purchased Alaska from Russia. Another Secretary of State, Hamilton Fish attempted to annex Santo Domingo, but was not able to do so. Though there were these exceptions, America did stay out of foreign affairs. One reason being internal problems, another was that Americans felt that invading and attempting to colonize new territories would violate the Declaration of Independence and what it stood for. This idea of non-entanglement was also a result of Washington’s farewell advice.

Post-Civil War Foreign Affairs

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