Research Paper On American Imperialism

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American Imperialism 1 American Imperialism Tammy Nelson HIS 204: American History Since 1865 Mark Davis November 15, 2010 American Imperialism 2 American Imperialism “American imperialism is a term referring to the political, economic, military and cultural influence of the United States. The concept of an American empire was first popularized in the aftermath of the Spanish-American war of 1898. The sources and proponents of this concept range from classical Marxist theorists of imperialism as a product of capitalism, to modern liberal and conservative theorists analyzing U.S. foreign policy.” American imperialism became very important as the United States became the most…show more content…
history because the U.S. had a thirst for new markets. They rationalized the purchase of Alaska for 7.2 million dollars because it provided them with oil, timber, and minerals. When we gained control of Hawaii, we built a naval base there and called it Pearl Harbor. We also gained possession of Guam and Puerto Rico after the Spanish-American war which provided us with land, resources and much more. The biggest event of this time was the Spanish-American war. This war was a very important event in time as it was this war that steered the United States in the direction of becoming center stage as a world power. This war was also considered to…show more content…
After the Spanish-American war, the “Treaty of Paris was signed giving Cuba independence from Spain, and the United States obtained the Spanish territories of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam”. There was also involvement from the United States where we “mounted armed interventions in many countries as well as China, Mexico, Haiti, and Nicaragua. The United States also sent American Missionaries to China and Japan to help spread the “cultural motivations, tools, and the impact of American expansionism”. I think that other countries weren’t in favor of American Imperialism like the United States was. The other countries could protest and try to fight against things like that happening but in the end, the United States was much more powerful, at that time, than was any other country. Therefore, even though they were not in favor of American Imperialism, they just had to eventually accept and try to make the best of the situation as there was not much that they could do to stop
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