Consequences Of American Imperialism

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American Imperialism Due to the consequences of nineteenth century imperialism, the world still suffers from it today. Even though it has decreased to a certain extent, it still remains strong today. It was adopted for a few different reasons which this paper will discuss. There were several events that led up to this change as well as several major events that took place during this time. Even with imperialism’s distinct popularity, there was an American Anti-Imperial League that did not support Imperialism. The U.S. adopted this policy at the end of the nineteenth century because we wanted to add new territory to the U.S. Our goal was to achieve manifest destiny. “Since the 1840s, expansionists had spoken of a Manifest Destiny to…show more content…
These changes signaled that this new phase was branching away from the old U.S. expansions. The purposes for expansion for land were acquired for international defense and trade. After 50years of isolation, the U.S. had reversed its policies. After breaking out of their isolated, shell America greatest power in the world. Because many Americans felt obligated to help those inferior, the U.S. got involved in conflicts they had no part in (J, 2008). At the turn of the 20th century, America acquired naval bases throughout the Caribbean and Pacific and considered to be one of the strongest nations in the…show more content…
This paper discussed the reasons why American Imperialism was adopted and rationalized. There was also the major events mentioned that led to and happened during this policy along with countries that became involved due to American Imperialism. Still to this day the American Anti-Imperialist League still does not support the policy. As far as I can tell, Americans have been known to become selfish, no matter how much we have we will never be happy until we control the free world. References Davidson, Gienapp, Heyrman, Lytle, & Stoff (2005). Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic (5th ed., Vol 2). Boston: McGraw-Hill. Halsall, P. (1997). Modern History Sourcebook: American Anti-Imperialist League, 1899. Retrieved on June 20, 2010 from J. (2008). American Imperialism in the 20th century: Turning from Isolationism. Retrieved on June 20, 2010 from Rhyne, J. (2008). History of U.S. Imperialism at the Turn of the Century. Retrieved on June 17, 2010 from

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