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Classroom Documents

The SHAFR Teaching Committee is busy preparing documents for use in classes on American foreign relations.  Below please find examples.  Check back later for more.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for documents, please contact Matt Loayza at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Early America

George Washington Considers a Proposal to Attack Canada, 1778

Dollar Bill Great Seal, 1782

Documents from the Early American Republic

Alexander Hamilton on the French Revolution

Alexander Hamilton defends Jay’s Treaty, 1795

Thomas Jefferson to Phillip Mazzei on Foreign Influence in U.S. Politics, April 1796

George Washington, “Farewell Address,” 1796

The Monroe Doctrine, 1823

Westward Expansion and Imperialism

John L. O’Sullivan and “Manifest Destiny,” 1839

Daniel Webster on Revolutions Abroad, 1850

Treaty between Japan and the United States, 1854

Alfred Thayer Mahan Advocates for a Strong Navy, 1890

Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden,” 1899

Ernest H. Crosby, “The Real ‘White Man’s Burden,’” New York Times February 15, 1899, p. 6.

Lida Calvert Obenchain, “The Philippine War” (June 1899)

Teddy Roosevelt on U.S. Expansion, 1899

The First Open Door Notes, 1899

Great Power Conflict and World War I

U.S. Senate’s Disclaimer to the Algeciras Treaty, 1906

William Taft’s State of the Union Address, 1912

Woodrow Wilson’s Appeal for American Neutrality, 1914

Woodrow Wilson’s War Message, 1917

Senator LaFollette’s Response to Wilson’s War Message, 1917

Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points, 1918

Henry Cabot Lodge’s Reservations to the Treaty of Versailles, 1919

Inter-war Period and World War II

Charles Evans Hughes Supports Naval Disarmament, 1921

Ho Chi Minh Documents

Henry Stimson on the Recognition of New Governments, 1931

FDR, “I Hate War,” 1936

Joseph Grew Opposes Economic Sanctions Against Japan

FDR’s “Four Freedoms” Address, 1941

Henry Luce, “The American Century,” February, 1941

The Lend-Lease Act, 1941

Henry Wallace, Century of the Common Man, 1942

FDR’s decision to open a second front in World War II

Excerpt from Elliott Roosevelt’s As He Saw It

The Early Cold War

Franck Committee Predicts International Arms Race

George Kennan (X), “The Sources of Soviet Conduct,” July 1947

Truman’s Inaugural Address, 1949

Barrett to Acheson on Public Relations and NSC-68

Korean War Documents

Congress Backs the Eisenhower Doctrine, 1957

Dulles and Brownell on Little Rock Integration, 1957

National Security Council on the Ramifications of Sputnik, 1957

Ambassador Ellis Briggs on Sputnik, 1957

Kennedy and Rusk on the Soviet Threat, 1962

John F. Kennedy’s American University Commencement Speech, 1963

George Ball to President Johnson on Vietnam, 1965

Detente and the Later Cold War

Henry Kissinger on Salvador Allende, 1970

Conversation between Nixon and Mao, 1972

The Shanghai “Joint Communiqué” (February 27, 1972)

Ronald Reagan Denounces the Soviets, 1982

Reagan and Gorbachev Discuss Nuclear Arms Reductions, 1986

George H. W. Bush State of the Union Address, 1990