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The Age of Imperialism

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Desiree Felker

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Transcript of The Age of Imperialism

The Age of Imperialism
Major Components of Imperialism
1. Influence of the sea: Control of the sea = WORLD DOMINANCE
-Build large navy with bases strategically placed around the world
-Build a canal across Central America to connect Atlantic and Pacific

2. Yellow Journalism: Emphasized sensationalism over facts
-Major reason United States pushed to move into other countries
-In a way it is a form of false reporting

3. Pan-Americanisms: Big sister program with Latin America to gain support from countries, and to open markets for trade
Results of Imperialism
-Hawaiian islands became regarded as just part of the Pacific Coast
-1890, McKinley Tariff raised barriers against Hawaiian sugar.
-American sugar planters sought annexation as it would eliminate tariffs.
-Queen Liliuokalani, a nationalist, insisted Hawaiians should control Hawaii
-Revolt constructed by white Americans began
-Resulted in the annexation of Hawaii as a state

The Great Debate
The class will be divided into three groups. One group will be presenting information that shows why the United States should stick with imperialism as its foreign policy. The second group will show why the United States should stick with isolationism as its foreign policy. The third group will serve as the judges, and they will ultimately decide which of the two is a better suited foreign policy for the United States.
What is Imperialism?
A policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force

United States foreign policy following the settlement of the frontier. We wanted more land, and there was none left on this continent to conquer.

Manifest Destiny had been completed. Time to take expansion of the United States to other places.
A few things to think about...
Do you think that imperialism was an effective foreign policy for the United States? Why or why not?

If you had lived during the age of imperialism how would you be able to justify the injustices that had been implemented upon Hawaii?

What are some of the reasons you think that the United States felt like it was their place to become the "policeman" of the world so shortly after it's birth?

Do you think that it is possible that some of the unrest towards the United States by other countries stems from our actions during the age of imperialism? Why or why not?

Results of Imperialism
-United States presence in Cuba
-Spanish American War (1898)

Open Door Policy in China
-Foreign powers in China lured by huge Chinese market and missionary zeal.
-By late 19th c., Japan and western European powers had carved much of China
into separate spheres of influence.
-Within each sphere, on nation held economic dominance.

What idea is this political cartoon trying to convey?
Works Cited



"Contents." The Age of Imperialism. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013. http://www.smplanet.com/teaching/imperialism/
Results of Imerialism
"Dollar Diplomacy" under President Taft (1909-1913)
-Two aspects:
1. Using foreign policy to protect Wall Street dollars invested abroad (esp. Far East)
2. Using Wall Street dollars to uphold foreign policy.
a. Sought to reduce rival powers e.g. Germany, from taking advantage of financial chaos in the Caribbean.
b. Thus, U.S. bankers would strengthen U.S. defenses and foreign policies
while bringing prosperity to the U.S.

Maps of United States Imperialism
Desiree Felker
United States History 9-12
CLE: Describe and Evaluate the evolution of United States domestic and foreign policy from Reconstruction to the present.
Manifest Destiny
Open Door Policy
Dollar Diplomacy
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