To What Extent Was Late Nineteenth-Century and Early Twentieth-Century United States Expansionism a Continuation of Past Unites States Exansionism and to What Extent Was It a Departure?

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The United States has been an expansionist country throughout the decades of history. Excet for the Civil War and the Reconstruction period, the United States acquired huge amount of land, establishing a powerful world influence, and finally developed current territory. Not only that, US started looking outside of the nation and the era of imperialism began with the reinforcement of expansionism. The early twentieth-century US exansionism is a continuation of late nineteenth-century expansionism in some aspects.
With exploring the newfound land of America, the concept of "Manifest Destiny" emerged. "Manifest Destiny," is the belief that Americans are given the right to all of the land between the eastern and western seaboards. In 1983,
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When Americans started to expand its territory, they didn't look after Native Americans and ignored them. A decade later, with the "criminal aggression" in the Philippines, racism was reflected in new expansion. The American Anti-Imperialist League asserted that the blood of the Filipinos was on American hands, and Americans resented the betrayal (Doc D). Josiah Strong, a prominent Congregationalist minister from Ohio, thought that America needed to claim as many of the unoccupied lands of the world, as it could, in order to further the Anglo-Saxon race (Doc B). At this time, president Roosevelt employed the foreign policy using his new naval Power. This was extremely aggressive. He was inspired from Alfred T. Mahan's The Interest of America in Sea Power that claims the United States needed to exand for military and economic reasons (Doc C).
However, on the other hand, there were quite few characteristics those classify two different periods. The departure of imperialism from expansionism is more obvious than its continuation. First of all, for expansionism, there was not as much problem as imperialism becuase it was expanding domestically. Meanwhile, it was more complicated for later because those countries America wanted to conquer were foreign territories and it led rebellions. Before America started looking outside of the nation, countries like Germany, Britain, Japan and Russia had already controlled most of

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