Expansionism Dbq Essay

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United States expansionism in the late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century is both a continuation and a departure of past United States expansionism. Expansionism in the United States has occurred for many reasons. Power (from land), religion, economics, and the ideas of imperialism and manifest destiny are just a few reasons why the U.S. decided to expand time and again throughout the course of its 231 year history. Expansionism has evolved throughout the years as the inhabitants of the country have progressed both socially (the Second Great Awakening, the women's suffrage movement, the populist party and the early 19th and 20th century social reformers) and economically (factories, better farms, more jobs, etc.) Expansion …show more content…
Document C, authored by Mahan, the great naval writer, is great at explaining the three necessary obligations of sea power, as well as expressing the extreme importance of the navy during late 1800's expansionism. Additionally, the speech by Senator Albert Beveridge (Document E) further states the importance of the U.S. expanding into the Pacific Ocean (especially the Phillipines) and trading with eastern countries: "…the pacific is the ocean of the commerce of the future...the power that rules the Pacific is the power that rules the world…forever the American Republic." Teddy Roosevelt was an excellent advocator of Beveridge's and Mahan's notions—he (through the Roosevelt Corollary—a quite evident departure from any past notion of United States expansionism) and true formalizer of "imperialism" in the United States made the acquisition of foreign territories socially acceptable and achievable. Roosevelt, the "Rough Rider", gave the people of the United States the drive and desire to expand—through his piercing, shrill voice, and his emotional energetic speeches—as well as his actions—his need to "see dirt fly" when speaking about the Panama Canal (another U.S. expansion project). The United States has progressed steadily in all of its departures from previous expansionism—as Nast states in Document A, the United States was almost nowhere to be found

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