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Imperialism & the Spanish American War (USII)

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Transcript of Imperialism & the Spanish American War (USII)

Creating an Empire:
Learning From the Best
What Resources are Needed to Become an Empire?
The Action Plan: Becoming an Empire
The Action Plan: Becoming an Empire
Why Do Countries Decide to Become Empire's/Imperialistic Countries?
Economics, Nationalism, Militaristic, Humanitarian
a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.

Ways of domination: Economically, Politically, Militarily, Culturally
Do Now: Tuesday April 2, 2013
1. Have you ever heard the name Joseph Kony?

2. If so, explain who he is and what he is doing.

3. If not, look at the picture on the right and explain who he might be.
How would you feel if this type of division was done to your country?

"How might it negatively affect your life"?
Scramble For Africa- Simulation
Did you ever think about what groups/ethnicities you may be dividing up or putting together into a country?
Scramble For Africa- Simulation
How might Imperialism have a negative impact on the areas being colonized?
British colonize Uganda

From late 1800's until Uganda's Independence Britain focused on developing (politically & Economically) Southern Uganda

South develops
North does not

Acholi people (from N. Uganda) forgotten.


Take a minute or two and look at the map to the left.

Based off the simulation from yesterday, what about the way the map was divided do you find surprising?

How Successful of an empire is the Empire?
Advanced Weaponry
How Successful of an empire is the Empire?
Key Question:
What is an empire?
an extensive group of states (countries) and peoples from various ethnic groups that are united and ruled either by a monarch (emperor, empress) or an oligarchy.
Activator: Tuesday, March 17, 2014
What historical event is this video is this video depicting/alluding to?

How does it portray King George III?

How does it portray the Colonists?
Analyzing a Political Cartoon
What is the overall message of the political cartoon?
What reasons does the artist of the cartoon provide for why the U.S. should go to war with Iraq?
The U.S. should be less involved and intrusive in the affairs of other countries and let the
nations in troubled regions work out their own solutions.
Discussion Question:
Do you Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree with the following statement

Recap: Motivations for Imperialism
1. Economic ($ & resources)
2. Nationalistic (Our way is the best way)
3. Militaristic (military bases for Navies)
4. Humanitarian (Duty to spread Christianity & civilized way of living)
Brief Notes: American Imperialism
Activator: Thursday, March 20, 2014
This past week, the Peninsula of Crimea announced its succession from the Ukraine. After seceding from the Ukraine, Crimea announced to Russia that it would like to join their country. Russia has officially announced that it would accept Crimea's proposal and would annex (accept and bring into/become of part of) Crimea.

Should the United States accept Russia's annexation of Crimea? Why or why not?
Monroe Doctrine (1823)
1. American continent is not subject for future colonization.

2. the political system of Europe is different from that of the United States, which would "consider any attempt on their [European countries] to extend their system to any portion of the North American hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety.

3. The United States would not interfere with existing European colonies

4. the United States would keep out of the internal affairs of European nations and their wars.
Activator: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Does the following image, reflect the attitudes in the Monroe Doctrine? Why or why not?
Which argument of the four you examined did you find most convincing and why?
Discussion Question:
In his book, 1984, George Orwell wrote that

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing”.

Explain how this quote might apply to the media today?

Activator: Monday, March 31, 2014
If you had no prior knowledge about the suspect(s) currently in custody for the Boston Marathon bombing, what would this image lead you to believe?
Examining an Image:
Actual Boston Marathon Bomber Suspects:
Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

was a style of newspaper reporting that reported exaggerated and sometimes false stories about events in order to increase newspaper sales.
Yellow journalism
Joseph Pulitzer
The New York World
William Randolph Hearst

The New York Morning Journal
Activator: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Question 1:
Whose perspective is this political cartoon portraying? (Spain or the United States)

Question 2:
What details helped you reach your conclusion for question 1.

Question 3: Does the political cartoon depict an accurate portrayal of the Spaniards following the Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine? Why or why not?

You are the United States. As a result of the events that have occurred in Cuba, your President, William McKinley, has asked Congress to issue a declaration of war on Spain.

After a little deliberation, Congress approves this request and issues a declaration of war to Spain on April 25, 1898.

Using the map to the right, identify as many areas of land that this war could be fought on.
May 1, 1898: First battle of the Spanish American War
Question #1. Whose perspective is the political cartoon reflecting?
(Imperialist or Anti-Imperialist)

Question #2. What details helped you reach your conclusion for question #1.
"The Splendid Little War"
War only Lasted 4 months
5,462 Americans died in the war
only 379 died in battle

Treaty of Paris (Dec. 10, 1898)
officially ended the war
Spain recognizes Cuba's indep.
In exchange for $20 million
Spain gives U.S.: The Philippines, Gum, and Pureto Rico.

1. Does the United States have the right to force Cuba to ratify the Platt Amendment? Why or why not?
Activator: Using your Analyzing a political cartoon w.s., analyze the following political cartoon.
Activator: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
On the paragraph response you wrote last night for homework answer the following questions.
2. Should the United States have forced Cuba to ratify the Platt Amendment of (1901)? Why or why not?
What informed conclusions were you able to reach about Theodore Roosevelt’s thoughts regarding

1) the power of the Presidency
2) the system of checks and balances
3) Imperialism

Brief Recap: Homework "TR & Panama"
Activator: Thursday, April 10, 2014
1. Identify what you see in the political cartoon to the left.

2. What can you infer from the political cartoon?

3. What is the overall message of the political cartoon?

N. Ugandan's rebel against gov't in 1986
Still being neglected by Uganda
This rebellion will lead to the rise of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)

Lead by Joseph Kony
Conflict has killed 10,000's of people
Displaced more than 1.8 million people
Led to kidnapping of more than 60,000 children that were forced to become child soldiers for the LRA
Activator: Monday, February 22, 2016
Positives & Negatives of Imperialism
: Working With the person sitting next to you, create a t-chart on the Pro's & Con's to Imperialism.


Pro’s & Con’s
for a Country pursuing/using
a policy of Imperialism

Pro’s & Con’s
for Country being taken over/
controlled by an imperialist power
: def. a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.
In 1895,
Henry Cabot Lodge
“As one of the great nations of the world, the United States must not fall out of the line of march”.
Discussion Question:
If you were living in the United States in the late 1800’s would you want the United States to pursue a policy of Imperialism? Why or why not?

Quick Write

“Should the United States serve as the world’s police officer? Why or why not?

b. “Does our government have an obligation to help people from foreign countries who are struggling and/or in need? Why or why not?”

Activator: Tuesday, April 28, 2015


1. Activator: Analyzing a political cartoon
2. Discussion of activator
3. Define: Imperialism
4. Reading: Briefing about Scramble for Africa
5. Explanation of Scramble for Africa Simulation
6. Reading- Country Profiles & Filling out Country profile W.S.
7. Begin division of Africa

Objective: Explain the motivations behind the Berlin Conference and why at least 1 country wanted to pursue a policy of Imperialism in Africa.
What areas of land did you want in Africa? Why?

What might this tell us/help us understand about the formation of civilizations?
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