Question: Resolved, That the United States ought to pursue a more aggressive policy in foreign affairs than that of the present administration."
Brief for the Affirmative.W. P. DUTTON and H. F. KNIGHT.
Best general references: Schouler, History of the United States, I, ch. iv, II, pp. 16-18, IV, pp. 239 et. seq.; Blaine, Twenty Years in Congress, II, ch. 20; House Exec. Documents, 50 Cong. 1 Sess., No. 238; Senate Exec. Documents, 50 Cong., I Sess., No. 238; Senate Exec. Documents, 50 Cong., I Sess., No. 226; Century, XV, 945 et. seq. (April, 1889); Forum, XIII, 650 et. seq. (July, 1892); No. Amer. Rev. Vol. 161, pp. 628-631 (November, 1895); Hoar, in Cong. Record, 1893, '94, p. 430 (Dec. 20, '93); Public Opinion, XVI, 520, XVII. 214, 463; Forum, XVI. 690 (February, 1894).
I. This course is in keeping with our previous policy, as shown-(a) By our conduct toward France in 1798: Schouler, I. ch. IV.- (b) By our conduct toward the Barbary Powers: Schouler, II, 16, 17, 18.- (c) By President Jackson's attitude in regard to the French Spoliation Claims: Schouler, IV, 239 et. seq.- (d) By our attitude toward the French in Mexico.- (e) By President Grant's course in regard to the Alabama Claims: Blaine, Twenty Years in Congress, II, ch. 20.- (f) By the foreign policy of General Harrison's administration.- (1) In the Barrundia case.- (2) In the Samoan case.- (3) In the New Orleans case: Hawley, Forum, XIII, 650 et. seq.
II. A more vigorous foreign policy has material advantages.- (a) It in-
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