Essay On The Benefits Of American Imperialism

From the late 1800’s until the end of the first World War, the United States had become actively involved with multiple countries by following a policy that was criticized by some as imperialism. American imperialism was both beneficial and harmful to the United States. However, the benefits of American Imperialism did not outweigh the drawbacks it presented.

The benefits of American imperialism did not outweigh the drawbacks because of how it affected the residents of America and its territories. As document 3 states, “For several grave reasons I regard possessions in the Far East as fraught with nothing but disaster to the Republic … the dangers of war and of the almost constant rumors and threats of war to which all nations interested
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As document 4 states, “The makers of cotton and iron goods have been very much interested in imperialism. their business interests demand that colonial markets should be opened and developed and that foreign competitors should be shut out. Such aims require political control and imperialism… the imperialist business interests have powerful allies. Military and naval leaders believe strongly in extending the white man’s run over the ‘inferior races.’” Although American imperialism provided many benefits for manufacturers, and economy, the allies of business interests or supporters of imperialism that believed that the people of inferior races should be put further under control of the white men. Document 5 also states, “Who are the oppressed? The many: the nations of the earth; the valuable personages; the workers; they that make the bread that the soft-handed and the idle eat." "Why is it right that there is not a fairer division of the spoil all around? Because laws and constitutions have ordered otherwise. Then it follows that laws and constitutions should change around and say there shall be a more near equal division.” The speaker, Mark Twain, believed that the laws and constitutions were not equal

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