Saturday, July 4, 2015

On the Fact that (According to Historian, William Zimmerman) Secretary of State (Under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson), William Seward, Wanted to Push (Via Might and Diplomacy) the U.S.A. North into Canada, South into Mexico and the Caribbean, West in Asia and the Pacific Islands, and East into Danish-Held Iceland and Greenland

Nah, the U.S. wasn't imperialistic back then, Polk on steroids with only circumstances tempering its lust (though, yes, they did nab Alaska for about 2 cents an acre).


BB-Idaho said...

Without "Seward's Folly" there would be no Sarah Palin. He must have been a robust
guy: while abed recovering from a carriage accident, he was stabbed multiple times
by a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth (who was busy shooting Lincoln) and recovered enough to continue on as Sec'y State under Johnson. IMO, his spending
$7 million for Alaska was a good deal, comparable to Jefferson's $15 million Louisiana Purchase: and neither involved sending US troops to grab the land.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

It sounds like he was more than willing to send the troops into Canada and Mexico (at least per this biographer).......As for Palin, I won't hold that against the guy.