Essay on Imperialistic Expansionism by the United States

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Since its institution, the heart of the United States has smoldered with the burning desire to push past its own boundaries and establish itself as a world power, acquiring most its territory during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. However, the means by which the United States acquired new territories changed drastically in nature from its original non-aggressive attitude to a largely assertive and belligerent temperament in the second half of its expansive conquest. In order to fully illustrate the changes in the motives and character of United States expansionism, the proliferation of boundary extension must be broken into two separate time periods – the acquisition of land in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, motivated …show more content…
Racism was also prominent throughout both expansionism and imperialism. As Americans moved westward and established themselves in new states, natives who considered the now ‘American’ soil invaluable were displaced and ignored. The same occurred about a century later, with the “criminal aggression” which took place in the Philippines. The American Anti-Imperialist League argued toward the turn of the twentieth century that “the blood of the Filipinos [was] on American hands,” and that the League “deeply resented this betrayal of American institutions ” (Document D). As their name might suggest, the American Anti-Imperialist League argued a point that condemned the newer imperialistic methods of expansion that began to be implemented in the late nineteenth century. In addition to racist tendencies, a motivation to fuel the economy also remained prominent throughout both early expansion and imperialism. During earlier expansionism, America looked to spread the span of its boundaries in search of more farmland. Likewise, the imperialistic desire to support the country’s economy stayed true. Land was viewed as a way to acquire necessary and otherwise unattainable resources. In addition to reaping materials, new territory was also considered grounds for exploitative trade with natives. Finally, in addition to economic and expansive motives, the Christian church drove both policies

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