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essay help...

Hey! Is it possible can anyone help me with this essay? It's absolutely confusing me.

"early u.s. foreign policy was primarily a defense reactions to percieved actual threats from Europe" assess the validity of this generalization w/ reference to the U.S. foreign policy on two major issues during the period from 1789 to 1800.

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Joined: Mar 2005

Well, I'm not sure if you're talking percieved threats or actual threats (or possibly both?), but I'll give you what I have.

Basically we started out politically neutral with Washington. With Adams came our problems.

1st Washington...possibly the president who understood the threats alliances brought the best, including those after WWII. Now he knew that we had to have some involvement in policies and stuff with other countries. His main legislation (involving other countries) were the Neutrality Proclaimation, Jay's Treaty, and Pinckney's Treaty. The neutrality proclaimation meant that we could trade with both sides and show no favoratism during the war France started in 1792. Unfortunately, British started to impress american merchants into their army. Jay's treaty was meant to settle the conflicts at sea and stop the English provocation of the Indians on the western Border. It didn't work to well either considering the treaty didn't address all of the problems. Pinkney's Treaty gave us a boundary between FL and GA and let us freely travel on the Mississippi River and port in New Orleans. I'm not entirely sure that this is relevant to the question though.

Now Adams. His two foreign accomplishments (if you could call them that) were the XYZ affair (1798) and the Quasi-War (1798-1799). Both concern France (of course ;) ). The XYZ affair was an attempt to stop the French from harassing American ships. Basically the three unnamed French officials requested a bribe for the meeting to take place. Our delegates left in anger and resulted in the eventual cease of trade with France (actually, the time in between was pretty short). Americans were then authorized to attack and capture French vessels. Kinda like checkers where you take your opponents piece while he takes yours. Anyways, it was never a full-blown war, but Napoleon signed a treaty in 1800 that restored peace.

I'm not sure how to answer the question since I don't fully understand what the question is asking, but good luck!

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