Essay on United States Emergence as a World Power

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In the late 19th century, the United States flourished rapidly as a new world power and maintained the most productive economy in the world. Though initially opposed to the idea of expansionism because it seemed inconsistent with American morals and values, interest slowly sparked as all other world powers kept colonial holdings. Eager to prove its newfound authority, the United States panicked as other countries began building their vast empires across Asia and Africa, dominating and controlling the unharnessed resources present. A change occurred—the United States started building up its army and navy and its policy makers took a more aggressive and assertive stance. Tensions began to arise in international relations over territorial …show more content…
(Vislocky). The aggressive stance toward immediate action reflected the growing desire of the nation to contend its authority over other countries. It showed that the United States was beginning to spark international conflicts. The eagerness of the United States to aid Samoa mirrored and foreshadowed its inevitable future—war with Spain to protect Cuban and Philippine independence. A few years later, the United States became entwined with another country on the basis of diplomatic relations that portended the role of American journalism. Chile, at the time, held strong anti-American sentiments, and a violent and premeditated fight broke out between sailors of an American cruiser and Chileans, ending up in two deaths and eighteen wounded of the American side (Musicant 14). Chilean authorities arrested a total of thirty-six sailors (Musicant 14-15). The United States was outraged and viewed the incident as a national insult. American journalists and President Harrison supported the idea of war between the two nations; however, Chile acquiesced and issued an apology as well as monetary relief to the families of the deceased (Musicant 15). These actions indicated the increasing enthusiasm toward war. The attitudes of the media toward the provocation of war replicated the same sentiments of “yellow journalism,” and signified the influence

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