1994 DBQ APUSH
To what extent was late 19th century and early 20th century US expansionism a continuation of past US expansionism and to what extent was it a departure?
Over the years the United States expansionism has experienced many different changes. The United States has expanded for many different reasons such as the economy, land, and even God. Expansionism is now a continuation of past United States expansionism but was more so a departure.
The United States has progressed economically and as a result methods of expansionism have evolved but it also tried to stay with the ideals of the forefathers. In Document C the importance of naval power is expressed and it outlines the obligations: the protection of the chief harbors by fortification and coast-defense ships, the naval force, the arm of offensive power which alone enables a country to extend its influence outward, and that no foreign state should henceforth acquire a coaling position within three thousand miles of San Francisco. In Document E Naval dominance in the Pacific Ocean is further stated by Senator Albert J. Beveridge in his speech to the 56th Congress. It states “The Pacific is our ocean…And the Pacific is the ocean of the commerce of the future…The power that rules the Pacific, therefore, is the power that rules the world.” America began expanding to find markets for our ever-growing production. Once it had conquered the continental United States, it had the ambition to take on the world, as well as a faith in God that expanded. The United States could withstand the competition involved in economic world dominance because of the acquisition of a naval power. This is shown in Document G; the cartoon of American Diplomacy in 1900. Uncle Sam is standing at the forefront of China’s open door holding the key which represents American Diplomacy. The Roosevelt Corollary was the most important departure from past United States expansionism it made the acquisition... [continues]
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