Age of American Expansionism

September 26, 2016
While Americans were struggling with domestic issues such as urbanization, immigration, industrialization, and corruption, there was another debate about the role of the United States as a world power.

After you complete these steps, you will be able to explain why significant events, policies, and individuals moved the United States into the position as a world power at a time when European nations and Japan were steadily growing their own empires.
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Melanie Kirchhof

Arguments for Expansionism

These documents include arguments for American expansionism including: Economic interests Political ideology Racial superiority Strategic interests Identify which arguments are best represented for each document and include textual evidence to support your response.
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Remember the Maine!

Read through this article and make a prediction about what the impact of a war will be on the role of the United States as a world power.
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Remember the U.S.S. Maine

Analyze this image of the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine in 1898 in Havana Harbor. Write 1 headline about this explosion from an expansionist point of view and 1 headline from an anti-expansionist point of view.
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The Spanish-American War and its Consequences

This page describes the consequences of the Spanish American War. Write a statement to convince your teacher how the Spanish American War moved the United States into the position of a world power using textual evidence.
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American Empire in 1903

This map identifies the territories that the United States acquired as a result of the Spanish American war and expansionist policies. How does this map support the American expansionist arguments from Step 1?
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Foreign Policy Cartoons

Each of the following cartoons refers to a different country or area in which the United States had significant involvement during the period 1890-1914. Analyze the cartoon by identifying the country depicted, describing how the U.S. was involved with the country, and then categorize which foreign policy the U.S. is portraying in this cartoon: Collective Security (Team Player), Internationalism (World Policeman), or Imperialism (World Bully)?
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