The address of support that the workingmen offered to Lincoln, and his response, perfectly encapsulate the attempt of the government in Washington to win not only the hearts and minds of its own citizens, but the citizens of another nation—and, moreover, the most vulnerable citizens of another nation. Since leaving the White House in 1877, Grant had declined offers to write about his wartime experiences.
He protested that he had little to say and little ability to say it.
Advocates of a more assertive American foreign policy, to be underwritten by an expanded modern navy, seized upon the incident.
A perfect political storm did seem to favor their cause.
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Rush’s political loyalties wandered from the Jeffersonians to the National Republicans, Anti-Masonry, and finally (on the issue of the Second Bank of the United States) to the Jacksonian Democrats.
But his abilities as a statesman and diplomat were unquestioned. The promise of America has always been the promise of a new start.
Stiles, an attorney from Savannah, Georgia, had been a one-term Democratic Congressman before being appointed to his diplomatic position in April 1845 by newly-elected President James K. Stiles held the post until October 1849, when he returned to the United States and resumed his law practice and activities in the Democratic Party. Army officer, Western explorer, Mexican War veteran, friend of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Hart Benton, land speculator, and governor of the Colorado Territory (1861-1862), is sometimes accorded the title of America’s first geopolitician.
He would later serve as a colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In a series of articles and speeches, which were summarized in his best known publication, (1860), Gilpin argued that the development of the interior of the continent, made possible in large part by a properly-sited transcontinental railroad, would create a new and dominant commercial line of communication between Europe and Asia. Any understanding of the Civil War is incomplete without an awareness of the foreign policy dimension that the war possessed.