How the United States became a World Power
The Philosohy that Created a Nation
The Expansionist Gaze
We stand on the pinnacle of the earth,
whereof we are lords, and above us
there is nothing but God.
Bayard Taylor, At Home and Abroad: A Sketch-Book of Life, Scenery and Men, Nueva York, G.P. Putnam, 1862.
Expansionism and Yellow Journalism
William Randolph Hearst
The Hearst Newspapers Today
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the United States pursued an aggressive
policy of expansionism, extending its political and economic influence around the globe. That
pivotal era in the history of our nation is the subject of this on-line history.
A Time Line of US Imperialism in Latin America
Foreign Intervention in Nicaraqua
British and United States interests in Nicaragua grew during the mid-1800s because of the country's strategic
importance as a transit route across the isthmus.
The Panama Canal
The huge project that joined the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, opening the United States to shorter shuipping routes for the transportation of goods, men and materiel from one coast to the other.
Roosevelt liked to repeat an old African saying: "Speak softly, and carry a
big stick. You will go far." In Panama, Teddy proved to the world that he
was willing to use his big navy as a stick to further American interests.
Not all Americans were convinced that the Monroe Doctrine, Manfest Destiny and Imperialism worked for the good of the United States. There was a strong Anti-Expansionist Movement
in the United States.
The Gospel of Force
By Bertrand Shadwell
From William Jennings Bryan, et al., Republic or Empire? The Philippine Question
Independence Co., 1899).
The White Man's Burden and It's Critics
US Racism and Intervention in the Third World
While many observers see the connection between the growth of white racism in this country and
the depressed economic conditions that beset us, there is little attention given to the possibility that
recent U.S. military interventions in the Third World may have also played a role. But a case can be
made that both ninety years ago and in more recent times, white supremacy at home has been a support
to U.S. military intervention in the Third World, and that such intervention, conversely, has been a
stimulus to domestic prejudice.
A Brief Outline of Imperialism
Rise of American Imperialism
Reasons behind the push for an Imperial America
Readings: The Advance of Industry and the New Imperialism
What Causes Imperialism?
Mexico, the United States and Imperialism
The struggle in Mexico cannot be understood as being just against the Mexican government.
Multi-national corporations have been involved in pushing for the elimination of the Zapatistas.
North of Mexico the USA lurks, ready to intervene if things seem to be getting out of the control
of the government. These documents highlight the involvement of imperialism in the conflict.
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