American Imperialism Dbq

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Exam 2 Chp.22
In the late 1800’s the United States commence to gain possession of territories. American expansionists who promoted imperial expansion were men such as, Senators Henry Cabot, Henry Calbot Lodge, naval captain Alfred Mahan and a familiar figure, Theodore Roosevelt. Mahan, a western imperialist believed that a stronger and expanding navy will develop America’s economy and influence Sea Power. Roosevelt supported Mahan theory and was a strong Imperialist. One method Mahan envisioned was to build a canal that connected the Pacific and the Caribbean. William H. Seward, the secretary of state inferred that in order to take over the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Ocean’s islands and continents the United States must have access to the
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At the end of war in 1898, anti-imperialists were against the idea of obtaining the Philippines to make it a U.S territory. The reason being is because anti-imperialists felt it was amoral to the American democratic values. They also did not support America in the involvement of the wars. However, democrat William Jennings convinced anti-imperialists to get on board with Treaty of Paris. Jennings proclaimed that ending the war would give Philippines their independence. After much controversy and debate, the Philippines ended up getting their independence on July 4, …show more content…
In the words of President McKinley the motivation for imperialism was national glory, commerence, racial superiority, and evangelism. To spread imperial expansion the United States sent missionaries to expose nations or territories to the empire and Christianity through educational and religious interaction. The missionaries also helped in different ways. For instance, in Hawaii the American missionaries accomplish a great deal of transitions to Hawaiian political, cultural, and religious life. Even today, there are many Americans working at overseas missionaries. United States also help other nations with assistance. For example, United States sent assistances to Cuba to help organize schools and improve sanitary conditions. In 1900, Dr.Walter Reed, a U.S army physician, found that the source of yellow fever was mosquitoes. Reed helped find an effective way to control the disease that help saved many lives of Cubans and other tropical regions in the world. Industrial nations used Social Darwinism to explain their motives for territorial annexing. Imperialist felt that English-speaking was a superior race. There mindset was on the theory that “the fittest survive and

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