When James Monroe wrote his seventh State of the Union address to Congress in 1823, he espoused a firm position on U.S. foreign policy which would come to be known as the "Monroe Doctrine." This policy stated that the U.S. would not meddle in the affairs of European governments and declared that any further efforts by European powers to colonize countries in the Western Hemisphere would be considered an act of aggression requiring U.S. intervention. Read the entire 1823 address here.
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