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a person who does not believe in expanding a nation by taking other lands


imperialism, the policy or practice of taking lands to increase the size of the country


a person who works to help others, often by giving money to charitable causes

yellow journalism

news reporting that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensation and attract readers


an agreement between partners who support each other against a common enemy.



Theodore Roosevelt


Americans demanded war when...

the U.S. battleship Maine exploded in Havana harbor—killing 260 American sailors

causes of the Spanish-American War

American sympathy with Cuban

revolutionaries, yellow journalism, and the desire to get Spain out of the American


William Howard Taft


Woodrow Wilson

overcame his childhood difficulties and became a distinguished writer, a brilliant professor, and eventually, president of the United States. Though he revealed a different problem—a blind spot when it came to racism and women’s rights

German submarines began sinking ships, even passenger ships; In the Zimmerman

Telegram, Germany suggested an alliance

with Mexico in which Mexico would

regain Texas and New Mexico

if Germany won the war.

these two major events pushed the United States into the war


when people of each nation are extremely proud of their country and wanted it to be the most

powerful nation.


when countries competed to have the largest empires in the world


Nations built up enormous military forces and acquired new weapons that were more deadly

than anything that had come before.


the position that President Wilson tried to follow - not taking sides but remaining neutral.

WWI was different from other wars because

inventions that people thought would prevent war (airplanes, machine guns, submarines, poison gas) were turned to killing. The armies dug into trenches and stayed in the same place for four years. Armies ignored the rules of fair play that had been used in previous wars.