It is 1890.1 The United States is flexing its broad, young shoulders, strengthened by an infusion of new immigrants, new technologies, and by American political leadership that represents the growing nation’s outward-looking perspective. The United States desires to play on the world stage along with the great imperial nations. However, naval leadership has a different viewpoint. It is content with its small, coastal, commerce-raiding, Jeffersonian fleet. Then along comes a reticent, unlikable naval captain of middling reputation who captures the nation’s imagination with his plan for a navy that will do battle at sea upon the great world stage.
Gattuso, Joseph A. Jr. and Tanner, Lori
"Set and Drift: Naval Force in the New Century,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 54
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol54/iss1/9