Foreign and Domestic Policies Under George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

Foreign Policy Under George Washington

George Washington, America's first president, practiced a pragmatically cautious yet successful foreign policy.

Neutrality: As well as being the "father of the country," Washington was also the father of early US neutrality. He understood that the United States was too young, had too little money, had too many domestic issues, and had too small a military to actively engage in a strident foreign policy. Still, Washington was no isolationist. He wanted the United States to be an integral part of the western world, but that could only happen with time, solid domestic growth, and a stable reputation abroad.

Washington avoided political and ...

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troops at the climactic siege of Yorktown [HYPERLINK:], Virginia, in 1781.

Nevertheless, Washington declined aid to France during warfare in the 1790s. A revolution -- inspired, in part, by the American Revolution -- began in 1789. As France sought to export its anti-monarchical sentiments throughout Europe, it found itself at war with other nations, chiefly Great Britain. France, expecting the US would respond favorably to France, asked Washington for aid in the war. Even though France only wanted the US to engage British troops who were still garrisoned in Canada, and take on British naval ships sailing near US waters, Washington refused.

Washington's foreign policy also contributed to a rift in his own administration. The president eschewed political parties, but a party system began in his cabinet nonetheless. Federalists, the core of whom had established the federal government with the Constitution, ...

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clear from foreign alliances and issues, it did adhere to neutrality as the major part of its foreign policy.

Major Domestic Policy: Washington was the first president of the United States, making him take a big role in our country. At the time he was in office, the thirteen states were not united and were known as an independent nation. Washington increased the power of the United States by using the Federal government and used The Judiciary Act of 1789 to establish a Court system. When problems began to arise with money during the war for independence, Washington sought help from Hamilton. The United States owed much money to foreign countries and also owed more then $45,000,000 ...

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