Expansion Dbq Essay

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APUSH DBQ ESSAY The view of overseas expansion in the late 19th and early 20th century was mainly driven by Imperialism. With that being said, there emerged two groups with viewpoints on overseas expansion, imperialists and anti-imperialists. Although there are plenty of differences, the main one between the two was over territorial expansion. The imperialists were all for it, thinking that it would help the American market and the depressed economy from the panic of 1893. On the other hand, the anti-imperialists argued that it went against our American democracy and was harmful to the territories we were trying to acquire and our country itself. Even though they had a major difference, they had one similarity in that they both wanted the country to progress and become more successful through overseas expansion, just not using imperialismto justify it. Imperialist thought it was their duty to take over the smaller countries in order to save them from themselves because they were not fit for self government. Behind the imperialists were a plethora of people and they all supported it for multiple reasons. Blacks at the time liked the idea because it gave them an opportunity to serve their country and have perfect unity with the whites as well as patriotic unity for themselves (doc1). With the blacks, imperialists also had government officials on their side as well. William McKinley saw imperialism as a positive thing. He said that with gaining the Philippines he had no clue what to do with them. Then he came to conclusion that they must take them over and govern over them because they where unfit for self government, trading them would be bad for business, and giving them back would cause the same problem again. He sought imperialism to resolve his issue with gaining that territory (doc 3). Theodore Roosevelt was also an imperialist in the fact that he thought the
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