American Imperialism Essay

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Appendix A

American Imperialism

Part 1

Complete the chart by identifying the following:

Identify the countries or areas where the United States engaged in countries or areas where the United States engaged in imperialistic actions during the period from about 1870 to 1914.
Discuss why each area was important to American empire building—political, economic, and social.
Explain America’s expansionist ideals. What were some factors that justified American imperialist actions?
Identify the current political status of these places in relation to the United States.

Age of Imperialism: 1870 to 1914

Place | Why was there interest? | U.S. actions | Status today | EXAMPLE:Alaska | The U.S.
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* What were the benefits of America’s imperialistic actions for the people in these countries or areas? What were the disadvantages? How would you describe their experiences in terms of being conquered, assimilated, or marginalized? The benefits for the people of country’s that were being taken over by America is that good changes were coming. The United States only wanted to help build trade and the economy. Jobs would come about and better governments and schools. The disadvantages were that may not understand what was going on, and that they may not like the changes. They may feel like there country failed because they were conquered and did not win.

What were the moral implications of American imperialism? How did imperialists justify their actions? How did the anti-imperialists justify their position? Consider the role of race, economics, science, and religion. Moral implications of American imperialism are that we are just trying to extend our land to make more businesses and trade to help our economy. These are the justifications to our actions about taking over other countries. Anti-imperialist do not believe in the extension of land and territories. "the anti-imperialist's did not oppose expansion because of commercial, religious, constitutional, or humanitarian reasons but instead because they thought that an imperialist policy ran counter to the political doctrines of the Declaration of Independence, Washington's Farewell Address, and Lincoln's

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