1. Explain that after the American Revolution, the United States wished to prevent foreign interference in the Americas. The Monroe Doctrine, issued by President James Monroe in 1823, alerted the European powers that the American continents should not be considered for any future colonization.
2. Discuss the following aspects and tenets of the Monroe Doctrine:
The Monroe Doctrine was also backed by the British government.
Latin American nations were acknowledged to be independent.
The United States would regard as a threat to its own peace and safety any attempt by European powers to impose their system on any independent state in the Western Hemisphere.
The United States would not interfere in European affairs.
The document continues to be a cornerstone of American foreign policy.
3. Have students create a political cartoon showing the purpose of the doctrine.
4. Highlight new vocabulary from the unit by one of the following game activities:
Matching (like Memory)
Word Wall (Each student is given a different word to define, illustrate, and use in a sentence.)
5. As a review activity, ask students to revisit Attachment A and write a different word in each box, particularly trying to think of words relating to the Latin American independence movements. Review the resulting words with the class.