Imperialism Essay

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Imperialism is a policy of extending a country's power and influence by utilizing diplomacy or military force. At the turn of the 19th century imperialism was not a proper and legitimate policy for the United States to follow because it was militarily, politically, and socially problematic. There were three major arguments in the United States for imperialism. First, it was seen as a way for the United States to strengthen its economy. Because after the economic recession in 1913-1914, American need a way to develop economic. They needed to find new raw material ranging from coal, steal, oil, textiles and finished goods. On the other hand, because of the growth of labor unions and social demands which forced the business owner to pay higher wages with fewer working hours, the big business started to find way to find cheaper labor in other countries. At the results, the U.S. became the largest creator of market products. Second, it was a way to increase the country’s military power. Alfred T. Mahan, an U.S. Naval officer who played an important role in American imperialism believed that American needed a greater navy and army to protect its place in the world. He also stated that a better navy could also help American to bring their products to other nations. Finally, it was a way of fulfilling the country’s duty to help civilize the rest of the world. American believed that this was its duty to bring the civilization to the rest of the world after helping Philippine over the Spanish and American war of 1898. There were two main arguments against imperialism. Some people objected for racist reasons. They felt that taking places like the Philippines would bring too many non-whites into the United States. Others felt imperialism was un-American. They felt that a country founded on liberty should not take away the liberty of others. And lastly, for the

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