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The Problem
James A. Field Jr. suggests that the “worst chapter” in American history texts deals with the end of the 19th century, largely because he believes the personalities and events from the 1860s to the early 1890s did not constitute “a preseason warm-up for imperialism and the projection of national power” by the United States. [Field, p. 660]
However, Walter LaFeber in The New Empire argues precisely the opposite: that key American personalities and events did constitute a considered, even well-integrated, plan for the projection of U.S. national power into the Caribbean, the South Atlantic, and even into the Pacific and Asia in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s.
Question: Which historian, Field or LaFeber, gets it right, and why?
In addressing this question, be sure to use and cite the LaFeber text as well as the Field article, the LaFeber response, and the Field rejoinder (all .pdf files on the R: drive). You may also use class notes that I’ve posted, your own class notes, as well as outside sources. (Those who use appropriate outside sources, especially primary sources, will be rewarded.)
Your paper must be typed, font size of 11 or 12, and double-spaced. It must include a title page or cover sheet; it should also include a bibliography of all sources used.
You must cite your sources using either footnotes or endnotes or parenthetical references in accordance with MLA style.
Ideal length: 3 pages or roughly 900 words (not including cover page, bibliography, notes, etc.)
You will be penalized for misspellings and poor grammar, so be sure to proofread your work carefully and run spelling and grammar check.
Note about this assignment: There is no perfectly definitive answer to this question. The challenge for you is to take a stand and defend it with reasoned and cogent arguments that are supported by the evidence. This paper

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