Q: To what extent was late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century United States expansionism a continuation of past United States expansionism and to what extent was it a departure?
Use the documents and your knowledge of United States history to 1914 to construct your answer
A- 1885, Cartoon
Main Idea: British, German, and Russian imperialists are all taking part in expansion into lands around the world, in continents such as Africa and Asia.
B- 1885, Writing
Main Idea: White influence will soon make an inevitable growth into all parts of the Earth, leading to a “survival of the fittest” between competing races.
C- 1897, Writing
Main Idea: America must respond to expansionism in the Pacific by other countries by strengthening its great sea power.
D- 1899, Argument
Main Idea: Imperialism and expansion go against traditional American values, betraying the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
E- 1900, Speech
Main Idea: America has the God-given duty to expand and spread its influence around the world, and the nation should not give up territory obtained in the Pacific and Asia.
F- 1904, Speech
Main Idea: American expansionism isn’t a result of the hunger for land and resources, but a desire to bring aid to less fortunate peoples and bring stability and prosperity to their societies.
G- 1900, Cartoon
Main Idea: American diplomacy helped create the “open door” in China, allowing other nations to partake in the wealth of the country.
H- 1901, Jurisdiction
Main Idea: American annexation of new non-continental territory brings about more problems for Congress, such as the decision of whether or not to grant American citizenship to the territory’s native inhabitants
Thesis: American expansionism in the late 19th century and early 20th century was, to a large extent, a continuation of past United States expansionism, while also departing with previous expansionism in