Teal Jr., John J.
October 1948
Foreign Affairs;Oct48, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p86
The article reports on growing political and economical importance of Alaska. Alaska became one of the forgotten corners of the earth. The territory has been known but to a few people, and its furs, gold and fish have aroused only sporadic interest. Now a global war, and the advent of the air age, have made it again one bf the most important areas of the globe. Although the United States has been reluctant to admit its value, the war convinced Americans that their northern territory is not a worthless "lump of ice," nor even a land where adventure and the strenuous life will produce fortunes, but rather a contiguous part of their own country, strategically situated at the new air crossroads of the world. War did more in six years to awaken this new appreciation than did 50 years of devoted work by the apostles of the north. Interest in the region was first displayed in the United States in the decade preceding the Civil War, when American expansionists sought to consolidate the whole continent under the aegis of the Monroe Doctrine.


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