How Is American Imperialism Justified

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American Imperialism Eva Rodgers HIS 204 American History Since 1865 Instructor Gregory Lawson May 15, 2011 Imperialism is the policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations. It is also the system, policies, or practices of such a government. The United States adopted a policy of imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. This paper will discuss that policy and the reasons behind it. I will discuss the major events surrounding the time the policy was adopted and whether it was justified. Finally, I will discuss the countries the United States engaged during the pursuit of this policy. Despite the great distance from the advanced countries of the east, the United States never isolated itself from the rest of the world. The North American continent provided many opportunities for innovation as a basic means of survival and adaption to the still new environment. The Nineteenth Century saw the United States become a world industrial power. This construct required the used of raw materials both local and aboard. It also promoted trade with various countries to ensure new markets for domestic products. This trade made the United States an active member in world affairs. The United States Navy was growing at a significant pace providing forcible…show more content…
Imperialism is the nature course of action for a nation in the position the United States found itself in during the nineteenth century. The United States Government has an obligation to protect its citizens and their business interests aboard. Failure to do this could threaten the huge amounts of investment required to set-up trade with various countries around the world. Had the United States not projected it might foreign government would find it tempting to take advantage of foreigners engaged in commerce within their
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