1784-1899 New Republic U.S. Department of Seal
Department of State
1776-1783
1784-1800
1801-1829
1830-1860
1861-1865
1866-1913
1914-1920
1921-1936
1937-1945
1946-1968
1969-1989
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Founding of the department of State. 1789
| Under the Article II of the Constitution of the United States ratified in 1789, the President has the power to make treaties--as long two-thirds of the Senate concurs--and to nominate ambassadors, public ministers, and consuls with the advice and consent of the Senate.
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John Jay's Treaty
| [Photo John Jay] Chief Justice of the United States John Jay, who had helped negotiate an end to the War for Independence and had been Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation, was selected to undertake a mission to London in 1794 to resolve outstanding issues between the United States and its old adversary.
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Quasi-War with France
| In an effort to resolve differences with France that had accumulated between the two nations since the Treaty of Alliance of 1778, President John Adams dispatched a commission of three men to meet with French Minister of Foreign Affairs Talleyrand in 1797.
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New Republic
1784-1800
United States becomes a new nation and establishes the U.S. Department of State to deal with other countries.
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Thomas Jefferson: First Secretary of State. 1790-1793
| [photo Thomas Jefferson] On September 29, 1789, President Washington appointed Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, then Minister to France, to be the first Secretary of State under the new Constitution.
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Washington's Farewell Adress
| [Photo Washington] To announce his decision not to seek a third term as President, George Washington presented his Farewell Address in a newspaper article September 17, 1796.
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Korean War and Japan's Recovery
| As the cold war came to dominate U.S. foreign policy, America extended security commitments to two nations in Northeast Asia—the Republic of Korea and Japan.
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Belrin Crisis
| At the end of World War II Berlin, former capital of the Third Reich, was a divided city in a divided country.
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Alliance for Progress and Peace Corps
| Growing out of the fear of increased Soviet and Cuban influence in Latin America, the 1961-1969 Alliance for Progress was in essence a Marshall Plan for Latin America.
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