Sunday Morning Quotation – Impartiality in Foreign Policy (pre-John Quincy Adams)

Columbian Centinel editorial, January 4, 1794:

It is unworthy of the dignity, as well as equity, of Americans, to become partizans of either of the belligerent nations. We are bound to wish liberty and good government to every people under heaven—Having professed an impartial neutrality, public exultation shewn on one side, and goading the other with scorn, reproach and obloquy, gives the lie to our profession of hostility. We solemnly announce to the world that we shall not inter-meddle. Where then is the propriety of our newspapers, clubs, and some of our public bodies, shewing dispositions the very reverse of our professions?

And I highly recommend dipping your toe into the great primary resources available in the Document Library at the Teaching American History website. 

 

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