A Reapplication of William Appleman Williams “Tragedy of American Diplomacy”: Analyzing the Origins of Modern American Imperialism

The main purpose of this presentation is to illustrate certain aspects of U.S. diplomatic and military history that are often ignored or sanitized in a modern classroom. The presentation will be titled “A Reapplication of William Appleman Williams “Tragedy of American Diplomacy”: Analyzing the Origins of Modern American Imperialism”, after the paper of the same title that I have submitted to this conference. I have used the theories and arguments of this premier work by the notable historian, William Appleman Williams, and applied them to the modern era to see if the habits of U.S. diplomacy have changed or solidified.

I will argue that the United States is an imperialistic nation that has a clear and conscious goal to control the economies, societies, and governments of sovereign nations. This will be supported by a variety of historical examples ranging from the late 19th to the early 21st century.

It is important that this history is presented to a modern audience who may not have a full knowledge or understanding of the actions taken by the United States to grow into a world superpower. Attendees may also walk away with a changed perspective on the subject of U.S. History.