How Did Mckinley's Foreign Policy Change Between 1900-1914?

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Through most of 1897, McKinley pursued an international agreement to include silver and gold as the major European currencies. Negotiations over bimetallism with England, France, Russia, and Italy failed, so William signed the Gold Standard Act; this formally placed U.S. money on gold standard. McKinley called a special session of Congress to increase the tariff. Alcohol taxes brought $114.5 million, tobacco brought $30.7 million, and stamp taxes earned $260,000. William yearned to increase the tariff income in order to reduce internal taxes and encourage the growth of industry and employment. William McKinley was unwilling to alienate the South and address the exclusion of black Americans from political control. He gave thirty African Americans positions in diplomatic and records offices; this did not resolve the race relation.…show more content…
The president distinguished his mind between good and bad trusts. When it came to labor relations, McKinley increased his favorability by supporting the Dingley Tariff and appointing various leaders to government positions. For example, Terence V. Powderly became commissioner general of immigration. Lastly, relating to the civil service, William wanted an agreement between the Republicans and President Grover Cleveland 's expansion of office positions. The expansion allowed Democrats to have essential secretarial and customs positions. In order to control the situation, McKinley issued an executive order that removed an estimated 4,000 openings on that list of key
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