American Imperialism the United States (U.S.) Essay

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American Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s the United States (U.S.) pursued an aggressive policy of expansionism extending its political and economic influence around the world. What is imperialism? Why this policy was adopted and how it was rationalized. The major events that took place and which countries of the world the U.S. became involved due to this policy. Finally, we will see, not everyone supported foreign affairs by the U.S. and in 1899 they founded the American Anti-Imperialist League. I will discuss their view of Imperialism and discuss the outcome of the foreign policy going into the twentieth century.
Imperialism is the “acquisition of control over the
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Imperialism is practice by which powerful nations or people seek to expand and maintain control or influence over weaker nations. Throughout the years there have been many instances where the Americans have taken over other countries and almost every time we go into war we have taken over a piece of the host countries land. The Americas first taste of imperialism came about five hundred years ago when Columbus came to America. We fought the inhabitants and took over the land making them slaves. American people over the years have become selfish. No matter how much we have, we desire more.
The United States adopted the policy of imperialism because they saw the potential to control foreign markets and earn vast amounts of money. “The speed and efficiency with which Europeans expanded prompted many Americans to argue for this European-style imperialism of conquest and possession” (2008, p. 611). The United States was never completely isolated from the rest of the world. Trade made them an active member of world affairs. It was during the period of the 1890s that the U.S. foreign policy became influenced by imperialism. During that decade, the U.S. became the most important industrial power in the world. That meant we had to find markets and areas overseas to provide a cheap labor force and plenty of natural resources with which to fuel the U.S. economy. Business was also looking at other areas in the world as potential

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