HST 325 guides students to explore the foundational ideas that shaped U.S. foreign relations and policy from the country’s beginning through the early twentieth century. The course highlights the effects domestic politics, cultural ideologies, and competing visions of the U.S.’s global mission had in shaping attitudes about the changing role of the United States in the world. In these digital projects, teams of students analyzed primary sources and considered historians’ interpretations to craft an entry point to discuss the main themes related to their selected topics. Students showcase the perspectives of political elites as well as “everyday” people (e.g., merchants, missionaries, soldiers, journalists, artists, immigrants) to illuminate the public debates and policies pertaining to foreign relations during this period.

War in the Early Republic

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War in the Early Republic had many different roots. However, at the heart of it all was always the belief...

British Involvement in the American Civil War


The involvement of foreign nations is often overlooked when examining the American Civil War. European nations were extremely cautious when...