Appendix a American Imperialism
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Complete the chart by identifying the following:
Identify the countries or areas where the United States engaged in imperialistic actions during the period from about 1870 to 1914. Discuss why each area was important to American empire building—political, economic, and social. Explain America’s expansionist ideals. What were some factors that justified American imperialist actions? Identify the current political status of these places in relation to the United States.
Age of Imperialism: 1870 to 1914
Place | Why was there interest? | U.S. actions | Status today | EXAMPLE: Alaska | The U.S. government wanted the
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The distinctiveness of each person or society on this earth derives from his or her culture, which is passed down from generation to generation. However, when one culture feels that they are superior to another country or countries, it may result in what is known today as imperialism. Imperialism is the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence over another authority. Imperialism can be positive or negative to a society based on the reasons to impose power, authority or influence, and the outcome of each situation. Many cultures that have been involved with imperialism have grown to be upset with these outcomes. America has become known over the last few years for the imperialism that they have been imposing on other cultures as they grow and prosper to become the strongest nation in the world. American imperialism has been negative because it supports the ideal of manifest destiny as demonstrated in the examples of Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Smaller nations suffered more than they gained, if any. they were stripped of their resources, enslaved or ill-treated by invaders. in some cases they were assimilated and their cultures marginalized. examples include Africa (1500-1900s), North America (1500-1900s), South America (1500-1900s), etc. Some perceive that colonizing nations brought civilization to more "backwards" nations. But, in reality some of these backward