Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Grover Cleveland’s Administration: Prequel to America’s Rise?

Grover Cleveland’s Administration: Prequel to America’s Rise?

Abstract

In considering Grover Cleveland’s life and thought, the author contends that this Democratic president was profoundly conservative. In fact, he meets the criteria for “conservative internationalism,” as defined by Henry Nau. Cleveland was an advocate of solid currency, the government not spending more than it takes in, big business not “railroading” the little guy. And, he fought impediments to free trade, domestically and internationally. Finally, while cautious about American commitments abroad, Grover Cleveland defended an assertive U.S. policy throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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