The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 387
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pages carry the narrative to 1900, leaving some 250 pages, or
a third of the space, to the 20th century. This apportionment
is similar to the other outstanding text in this field. However,
the organization of material is quite different. Bailey's divisions
are more restricted to administration policies than to topics
which run through the whole period of forty years, as for
example: "Wilson and the New Diplomacy", "Hoover and the
Diplomacy of Depression", "Franklin D. Roosevelt and New Deal
Diplomacy". In this matter of organization Bemis and Bailey
supplement each other admirably; nor does Bailey waste time
repeating specialties of the Yale historian. There is ample evi-
dence of original research and appreciation of the work of many
specialists who read much of his copy. It is significant that this
diplomatic history of "the American People" comes from the
The author does not approve President Madison's method of
taking over the "Republic of West Florida" in 1810, and he points
out some of the consequences to America of the precipitate ac-
tions of Madison and the "War Hawks". Other people have
feelings, and in 1814 The Times of London urged "unrelenting"
war partly because "Madison's dirty, swindling manoeuvres in
respect to Louisiana and the Floridas remain to be punished"
(p. 164). Bailey follows Brooks in saying that the term "Florida
purchase treaty" is a misnomer, and states: "In essence, Spain
ceded Florida and her rights in Oregon for the American title
to Texas, with the claims thrown in" (p. 173).
Once again, as in the 1820s, we find ourselves strengthening
hemisphere defense; upholding the Monroe Doctrine; yet, deeply
stirred over a Greece at war (cf. pp. 183, 737, 766). The state-
ment that the first "Greek Fever" brought about "the intro-
duction of classical architecture" (p. 183) will be challenged by
the social historian. Bailey concludes that Jackson's recogni-
tion of Texas Independence "can hardly be described as unduly
precipitate" (p. 253) ; Tyler's course was "perfectly honorable"
(p. 260) ; but Polk would have been more honest if he had said
that "American blood has been shed on soil in dispute between
the United States and Mexico" (p. 270).
Japanese relations are adequately described in parts of five
chapters. With Stimson again in the Cabinet the division on
"Stimson's Shirt-Sleeve Diplomacy" takes on added interest.
While brief, the discussions on Good Neighbor Policy, Mexican
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