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jasmine14 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:22 AM via web

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Write two paragraphs that offer an effective foreign policy to President Madison. Discuss the problems of the past to justify what needs to be done.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 16, 2009 at 9:21 AM (Answer #1)

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I cannot write the two paragraphs for you; however, I can propose a suggestion. President Madison inherited a troubled foreign policy from Jefferson. America's economy had been unstable due to the naval blockades and impressment tactics by the British. Jefferson's Embargo Act backfired only adding to America's woes. A group of Congressmen known as the 'Warhawks' used the British naval tactics to pressure Madison to ask Congress for a declaration of war. They claimed that Britain broke the Treaty of Paris by inhibiting America's right to trade as an independent nation. As for its effectiveness that depends: the Treaty of Ghent acknowledged the war as a draw, but relations between the U.S. and Britain did improve.

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