Strong Continental Empire Essay, Research Paper
Building and Keeping a
Continental Empire Alive
There are five key ingredients in building a continental empire. A strong
continental empire must be able to up-hold these five key things to survive. These five all
important things are a strong central government; foreign policy, to deal with other
countries; manifest destiny, to deal with matters of land; infrastructure, which deals with
state business, transportation, and financial matters; and the ability to solve internal
problems such as social, economic, and political problems. America is a continental
empire and runs itself using these five things. The most important of these is probably the
strong central government. A strong central government insures that the government will
be able to run smoothly in a time of crisis and have the capability to make sound decisions
that will benefit the American populace. Foreign policy was developed so that America
would know where it stood when it came to dealing with other countries. It was
important that America dealt with international problems in a uniform manner. Manifest
destiny deals with the issue of how America and Americans will acquire land.
Infrastructure is America working together. America depends on many things to keep it
running, when these things cross paths we develop an infrastructure. America must solve
internal problems all of the time. What these problems are and how we solve them is what
shapes America. America slowly began to build a continental empire.
In order to achieve the five things needed to create a continental empire America
had to start slow. They first had to gain the trust of their people and settle the differences
between them. This trust was partly gained by heroes of the Revolutionary War becoming
politicians. An example of this was George Washington. He led troops into battle during
the war and then became president. American people found it very difficult to start a
rebellion or disagree with someone that had led them to victory against Britain. With
George at the helm of America we were well on our way to developing a continental
empire. This trust in America was secured by actions. Our government kept making the
people happy by writing a bill of rights and a constitution that gave Americans the
freedom that they had wanted when they went to war with Britain. The people wanted
rights that they felt were fair and necessary to their existence. The government outlined
these rights in the Bill of Rights. The people agreed with them. The constitution outlined
rules to form a more perfect Union. Americans excepted the contents of the Constitution
and began to build their lives around it. With this a continental empire was developed,
now all they had to do was keep it running.
America had built a continental empire when it broke away from the rule of Britain
in the late 1700’s and the early 1800’s. As America moved into the mid 1800’s it had to
keep its continental empire alive. To keep it alive America continued to make wise
decisions that kept Americans happy. There were a lot of compromises between the
government and its people. These compromises kept both parties happy. One of these
compromises was the Compromise of 1850. The issue of whether the new states would
be slave or free states arose. To solve this problem Henry Clay developed a plan that made
most everyone happy. His plan was to admit California as a free state, to give popular
sovereignty to Utah and New Mexico, and allow slavery but not slave trade to exist in
Texas. This compromise did not sit well with extreme abolitionists or extreme southerners
but made most everyone else happy. In the early times of the continental empire it was
important to keep everyone believing in America. To reestablish that Lincoln wrote the
Gettysburg Address. It restated what Americans believed in and got them fired up for
their country. The Gettysburg Address fueled America’s continental empire. The United
States was running smoothly on all fronts except that of slavery.
Slavery nearly split America into two separate countries. Had the South won they
would have seceded from the Union and continued to practice slavery on their half of the
continent. The North did not want the South to secede from the Union. At first they tried
to solve the problem peacefully but they ended up going to war over it. The North won
the Civil War and slavery was abolished. America also got to stay together as a whole
country. The continental empire was preserved throughout the mid 1800’s.
America’s continental empire has survived the 1800’s and now the 1900’s as well.
To get this far we have built on the original ideas of the continental empire to suit our
needs today. After the Civil War ended, slavery was outlawed. This, however, did not
end the mistreatment of black people. Up until the 1960’s blacks could not go to school
with whites, eat with them, or drink from the same water fountain as them. These were
only a few of the racial problems. In the 60’s the civil rights movement changed all of that.
When the civil rights movement succeeded black people gained all of the rights that white
people enjoyed. This built from the original idea of outlawing slavery. In the late 1800’s
abolitionists were looked down on for helping blacks and in the 60’s the leaders of the civil
rights movement were also persecuted for wanting equal rights. In both time periods the
black people and those who tried to help them succeeded. Both of these examples solved
an internal problem. In the 1800’s it was slavery and in the 1960’s it was equal rights.
History continuously builds on itself.
The Vietnam War was fought to uphold capitalism. The Russians were trying to
take over Vietnam and turn it into a communist country. America did not want this to
happen because the growth of communism was bad for capitalism. America needed to
defeat communism in order to maintain their position as a world power. America was not
only fighting this war to defeat communism but to make sure that a form of government
was not forced upon an unwilling country. Part of the United States foreign policy was
that they would not let a country force their ways onto another country. It was also in
their best interest not to let a country dominate the world. All of this is sort of an
extension of the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine states that if a foreign country
owned a colony in America then it could stay as long as it did not try to expand. The war
in Vietnam was to keep communist Russia from expanding into noncommunist Vietnam.
America briefly expanded the Monroe Doctrine to apply to all countries. They did not put
it down on paper but only used it to defend their power.
America developed a strong continental empire by accomplishing the five things
needed for a strong continental empire. America started slowly by developing a
government that was trusted by the people. Once they accomplished this they started
filling in the pieces of the continental empire puzzle. They developed a strong central
government. Then America began gaining land, which led to conflicts with foreign
nations. As the United States of America grew, its’ infrastructure of money,
transportation, and other aspects grew. With this grew the need to solve internal
problems. Some of the roots of these internal problems are based in economic, social, and
political matters. Not only did America develop into a continental, empire it has stayed
one. It has stood up to many challenges since its humble beginning and will continue to
into the new millennium.