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Customer Reviews. Write a review. See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product. Immerman begins with the difficult question of definitions -- which too often has become an end in and of itself. The six portraits which illustrate the embrace of empire and liberty throughout American history are well-chosen. The organization of the book is chronological, and Immerman takes care to link thematically each chapter and the evolution of policy and ideology.
The story begins with Benjamin Franklin who moves from a strong champion of the American colonies as a vital part of the British Empire in the s to a patriotic believer in the new American empire by the s, destined to grow geographically across the continent. Even if Franklin had been the original visionary of the American empire, Immerman describes how John Quincy Adams was really its creator. The legacy of his post-presidential years in congress became his opposition to the spread of slavery which threatened to corrupt the Empire for Liberty that stretched across the continent by the s.
William Henry Seward turned away from the model of military conquest and the focus on landed expansion to embrace the vision of a commercial empire.
The fifth figure whom Immerman has chosen embodied the tension between the visions of Wilson and Lodge. John Foster Dulles began his career following in the footsteps of Wilson, but, Immerman argues, reconceptualizes his understanding of international affairs and American goals in the late s. The search for security becomes his top priority, in contrast to policymakers of a century before. Although Dulles helped to construct an American empire in opposition to what he saw as the oppressive Soviet one, the end result was a Cold War construction which often sacrificed liberty in the name of security.
The final policymaker of the book embraces morality in a way unlike that of any predecessors.
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