Imperialism and America

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Imperialism and America. SWBAT: analyze the arguments for and against U.S. imperialism Homework: Vocabulary Do Now: Why would a powerful nation be interested in claiming new territory overseas? What benefits might there be?. What is Imperialism?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Imperialism and America

Imperialism and AmericaSWBAT: analyze the arguments for and against U.S. imperialism Homework: VocabularyDo Now: Why would a powerful nation be interested in claiming new territory overseas? What benefits might there be?

What is Imperialism?A policy of extending a country's authority over other countries by economic, political or military means.Why does Imperialism Matter in 19th century America?American in comparison with other Western nations is really behind in terms of being an imperialist power. By 1914, the African continent has been divided by imperialist European powers.Great Britain and France also have large territorial possessions in the Far East.

Map of territorial possessions in Africa, 1914The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire

Americas Opinion on ImperialismMost Americans are in favor of manifest destiny (occupying the land between the Atlantic and Pacific).However, most Americans dislike the idea of imperialism.Why do you think this is?One person, William Jennings Bryan is anti-imperialism.

Activity: Anti-Imperialism arguments Read William Jennings Bryans arguments against imperialism. Using the organizer, jot down his response to reasons pro-imperialist Americans feel imperialism is good.something changesbut why?4 main reasons:Global CompetitionDesire for Military StrengthThirst for New MarketsBelief in Cultural Superiority

But Where to Begin??1867: William Seward was particularly interested in Alaska.People thought he was crazy.Managed to get Congress to fund the $7.2 million purchaseComes out to 2 cents an acre.In 1959, Alaska was made a state.

Next stopHawaiiWhy would the United States be interested in annexing Hawaii?

HawaiiReasonsLocation was important stop for trade with Asia.Missionaries were already there converting the people.American farmers were growing sugar there.Had to pay an import tax since they were not a state/territory.Refuel station for American Navy at Pearl Harbor.ResultMarines overthrew Queen Liliuokalani by force and set up a govt headed by Sanford B. Dole.Why does that last name sound familiar?1898 Hawaii was annexed despite opposition from Hawaiians. 1959: becomes the 50th state.

Exit Slip QuestionWas the U.S justified in annexing Hawaii into its territory abroad? Explain.