The United States had debased multiple principles fought for in the revolution and clearly

expressed in the constitution through its detrimental imperialism of other nations and their
peoples. A major fixed American principle that rooted from the American Revolution was the
foreign policy of isolationism. Isolationism was a doctrine that supported the United States’
detachment from foreign affairs and alliances in order to avoid entanglement in European
problems and wars. (Chambers) During the pre-revolutionary years, American colonists heavily
despised the King and Great Britain, leading to the uncontrollable desire to split and get as far
away from Britain and Europe as possible. This in turn planted the seed of isolationism in core
American ideals after the revolution. Imperialism, however, directly contradicted this core
principle by interfering with the affairs of other nations. As defined by the Merriam Webster
Dictionary, imperialism is “a policy or practice by which a country increases its power by
gaining control over other areas of the world.” (Merriam-Webster) “Gaining control over other
areas of the world” is a clear indicator of interference in foreign affairs, and this definition of
imperialism is nearly opposite to that of the principle of isolation, showing how imperialism hit a
blow to a core American value originating in the American Revolution.
Even after the revolutionary war had been won, American decisions and actions
continued to support the isolationist policy that was fought for in the revolution. The Washington
Neutrality Act was enacted in 1793, only a decade after the revolution was won by America.
Washington proclaimed that America would remain neutral in the European conflict between
Britain and France. This act added extra support to the foreign policy of isolationism as
Washington avoided taking sides on the issue on Europe by declaring neutrality and being
“friendly and impartial towards the belligerent powers” (Miller Center)

Imperialism basically did the same thing by subjugating . In the Monroe Doctrine. This allowed for isolationism to endure for many years as the main foreign policy of the United States. which was adopted at an early stage of the wars which have so long agitated that quarter of the globe. in regard to Europe. American Imperialism. European nations were staring to encroach upon the American Continents and were colonizing areas such as northwest America.” (ushistory. many of these being relevant to how the people were subjugated and oppressed by the King. not to interfere in the internal concerns of any of its powers.The isolationist policy further endured for many more years. By saying this. which is. the colonists gave a litany of reasons for declaring independence from the King and Britain. however. destroyed this crucial American value of isolation from foreign nations by conquering other nations and expanding American influence. such as when president James Monroe rattled the European nations with his Monroe Doctrine. nevertheless remains the same. After nearly a hundred years of isolationism from the year the Washington Neutrality act was enacted in 1793 to the 1890s when the Hawaiian Islands were annexed. When the Declaration was drafted.. are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain. the malignant growth of American Imperialism demolished the isolationist policy that had its roots in the revolution. president Monroe powerfully stopped this interference by powerfully announcing “the American This powerfully declared that Europe was not to interfere with America and that American was not to interfere with Europe.. The Declaration of Independence clearly spelled out the intentions of the American colonists and the principles and truths they deeply believed in and fought for in the revolution.. Our policy. Monroe further empowered the policy of Isolationism as a central and crucial American principle.

that you cannot subjugate them and govern them against their Cuba. Imperialistic interests allowed for the promotion of militarism.html American Imperialism allowed for the subjugation of many nations such as Hawaii. One way the King subjugated the colonists was through BAHBAHAH HAHABAHHAHA. These countries were essentially under American “rule” as they were exploited for resources and governed against their will as explained by Senator Hoar.. the Philippines.. and many more. As said by Republican Senator Hoar to the Senate after he broke from his own party’s imperialism platform. you cannot govern a foreign territory. resulting in the benefit of big businesses and the terrible downfall of multiple other nations. (vankatesh) Doing so would completely violate the principles of liberty and freedom that the constitution was built upon. Governing a foreign people through American Imperialism completely contradicted constitution and revolutionary principles as a nation with a system of self-government could not possibly govern a foreign people. a foreign people. Before its imperialistic actions upon other nations and peoples.. the revolution. America was quite anti-militaristic for many years after its birth as a nation. because you think it is for their good. George . another people than your own. when they do not . and even the declaration of independence. In addition to clearly violating American principles and beliefs. Imperialism went against all core American principles as expressed in the constitution. “Under the Declaration of Independence. You have no right at the cannon's mouth to impose on an unwilling people your Declaration of Independence and your Constitution and your notions of freedom and notions of what is good.ihr.people of other nations. and the ways that American imperialism oppressed foreign people were very similar to how the King would subjugate the American colonists as described in the Declaration of Independence." http://www.

America saw this political and economic instability as an opportunity for conquering land very close to the mainland and becoming wealthy at the expense of the Caribbean nations it would conquer. Later. and the Philippines to the United States. These growing imperialistic American sentiments. such as the militaristic conquest of Mexican lands. first president. further evolved when Americans ran out land to travel west to claim and explore. there was a negative overall sentiment for the military in the beginnings of the republic. http://www. guaranteeing Cuba its independence and relinquishing Guam.Washington. no matter what the terrible consequences would be for the people already there.wisc. However. agreed as he said “…war is. perhaps. eventually ending in American victory. Puerto Rico. the most to be dreaded… War is the parent of armies.ssc. James Madison. Manifest Destiny was the belief that it was the right and “destiny” of the Americans to expand westward. as the idea of Manifest Destiny established itself among the American people. the Treaty of Paris was signed by Spain. How would America grow and expand its “empire’s” borders now that it’s had taken all the land it possibly could on the mainland? To further its desire for imperialistic conquest America turned to the Caribbean.pdf The Spanish American war was the first major trial of America’s growing army.” As can be clearly seen. The conquest for land through exponentially growing .edu/~wright/ContemporaryAmericanSociety/Chapter%2020%20-%20Militarism%20and%20empire%20--%20Norton%20August. the importance of the military grew in order to conquer lands from the natives and ultimately Mexico in the bloody Mexican War of 1848. fourth president. America fought for the Cubans against Spain in the Spanish American War. Cuba had been revolting against Spain as it wanted to be independent and no longer under the rule of a nation thousands of miles away. expressed his outright dislike for large military establishments when he said they were “to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican liberty”.

military power allowed for the United States to imperialize multiple countries with ease and gain eventual wealth and power by exploiting these small The Spanish American War also resulted in .state. https://history.