Today in History: James Monroe

Today in History–October 17–the Library of Congress features James Monroe, who wrote wrote a letter on this date in 1823 to friend and former president Thomas Jefferson seeking advice on foreign policy. Both Jefferson and  James Madison, another former president, advised Monroe to join with Great Britain in a declaration warning other European nations not to intervene in the affairs of Central and South America. Monroe, however, took the advice of his secretary of state, John Quincy Adams, and chose to issue a declaration apart from Great Britain, a policy known as the Monroe Doctrine. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about James Monroe.

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