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Part I The United States was an infant country in the late 1700s At this time this emerging power had the opportunity to create its own identity and position on foreign policy The United States had many ties to Europe due to her being the source of the majority of its peoples ancestries while at the same time it was separated from her by an entire ocean This has undoubtedly always made a huge difference in directly separating us from their affairs whether they be small or large in significance With these factors as quintessential part of our identity our first President decided to dedicate his farewell address to the direction that he believed would grant the US with the most auspicious conditions possible when making decisions in foreign policy In this speech Washington underscored that while alliances can be beneficial they can also cause many diverse problems This theme has resonated in US foreign policy decisions that relate to our international relations throughout the USs existence Many formulators of United States policy have clung to this isolationist premise in Washingtons Farewell Address With the advancement of technology and the ability to bridge the Atlantic in an ever-increasing short amount of time the late1800s began an era in the United States that has offered many challenges to its national security and economic stability due to problems abroad In the time period between 1875 to 1924 in light of the Treaty Of Paris the Boxer Rebellion and the United States involvement in the League of Nations it can be debated as to whether the United States followed Washingtons advice At the time Washingtons Farewell Address was conceived the US was still a relatively weak country in terms of military capabilities With regard to the of the size of its territory the United States was one-third as large as it is today and for the most part in the years discussed in this report As a
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