Following the end of the Industrialist Era and the emergence of countless technological advancements, the United States entered the world stage. The United States was attempting to create an empire by expanding to land outside of its own borders in order to benefit the country’s economic interests. Many citizens, whose views were greatly influenced by their understandings of national identity, saw this overseas expansion in conflicting ways. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, these groups differed in their opinions on the idea of expansion due to either their wanting to remain a democratic country built on the ideals of freedom and liberty to preserve their sense of national identity, or their wanting to expand for economic reasons and nationalism. Imperialism, which is the extension of a country’s power and influence through expansion, began as early as the 17th century, when Britain colonized the New World in order to expand economically and gain natural resources for manufacturing.
In an attempt to increase trade and prove itself as an economic and military superpower, the US began to expand overseas and increase its military size; the US believed in International Darwinism and saw these actions as an expansion of Manifest Destiny which led to imperialism. People like William H. Seward pushed to annex Midway Island and purchased Alaska to expand the size of the US. However, imperialism became a controversial debate among the American people throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Expansionists and Jingoists like Theodore Roosevelt wanted to protect and gain control of other nations including Puerto Rico, Philippines, and Guam, whereas anti-imperialists such as William Jennings Bryan, Mark Twain, and Jane Addams were against entangling the US in unneeded conflicts overseas and depriving other nations of their rights. Thus, while advocates of expansionism wanted to civilize other nations, become a superpower, and improve US unity, oppositions wanted the US to improve domestic conflicts instead of involving itself in foreign affairs and should not force America’s ideals on other nations.
The Monroe doctrine and the Manifest Destiny greatly influenced the outcome of the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War and the Panama Canal with the backing of American corporations. Manifest Destiny was created as an ideology to strengthen the United States interest in westward expansion through the Monroe Doctrine. The Americans believed that it was their destiny from god himself to occupy South Canada to the lower Americas. Yet, Manifest Destiny only included a white doctrine supremacy. The religious origins of Manifest
The Satire of the Industrial Revolution and Imperialism In The Time Machine Throughout history, many countries and cultures have spread across continents in order to create a more powerful society. Some of the great conquerors of our human history, Napoleon and Alexander the great, have control vast empires across many continents. Great Britain was to be the next great empire to expand in the 1800’s. During the 19th century Great Britain expanded their empire across India, Asia and parts of Africa. Britain used an imperialistic government in order to take over areas of the world to add political, social and economic wealth to their empire.
A combination of factors, including manifest destiny and a need for raw materials and naval bases, eventually prompted the U.S. to adopt the practice of imperialism (Shi and Tindall 666). American imperialism partially contributed to our involvement in WWI by increasing our
During the 19th century America finally outgrew its meager beginnings, and grew into its new role as a world power. The size of America increased almost three-fold with the help of land acquisitions such as The Louisiana Purchase, the Mexican Cession, and the addition of the Alaskan, Floridian, Oregonian, and Texan territories and states, catalyzed by the War of 1812. The War was often referred to as “America’s second war for independence” because the interference of Britain was still found within America, years after they declared official independence. The War of 1812 was not caused by any one factor, but instead a multitude of factors that jointly caused the war to begin. Britain was interfering with American maritime, trade, Indian affairs, and expansion.
At the turn of the 19th century, America presented the policy of imperialism and there was a ton of debate over the subject. Some say that imperialism would benefit America by increasing trade and help make this country more powerful. Others say that imperialism would be horrible for America because we are taking over countries without their permission and restricting their choice. The United States should adopt the policy of imperialism because it would help grow our country, increase trade, and help the economy. According to document 1, Rev.
The Monroe Doctrine of December 2, 1823, was indeed crucial for American foreign policy. In fact, it was a motivational and inspirational speech as a part of the annual presidential’s message to the Congress. The occasion for the doctrine was the vision of expanding America during James Monroe’s presidency. Even though the doctrine took Monroe’s name, it was in reality drifted by John Quince Adams (Monroe’s secretary of state) because he feared that Spain would try to regain the Latin American colonies which had just gained their independency. Latin America was a major market for British goods, and Adams wished for the United States to take Britain’s role.
The 19th century was an era of unbridled Imperial expansion with European colonies established all over the world. In the last quarter of the 19th century there were a number of wars and expeditions that saw the creation and expansion of colonial empires such as the French expeditions to Vietnam, Tunisia and Morocco, the conquest of the Congo by the Belgians, British expansion to India, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa and finally German and Italian expansion in Africa. The 19th century was also an era of rapidly accelerating scientific discovery and invention which gave European powers an advantage over native populations. This rapid expansion of European Empires across the globe has lead scholars to explore and consider the the reasons why this occurred.
used its military advantage to force other countries into doing what it wanted. The reason that the U.S. was so powerful was its strong navy. The navy itself was a result the book The Influence of Sea Power Upon History by Alfred T. Mahan, which showed that great empires in the past grew because they had strong navies (Imperialism & The U.S., Causes of Imperialism, 12/4/17). One example of the U.S. using its strength was in Japan. Commodore Matthew C. Perry had quickly opened up trade with Japan on March 31, 1854, when the Japanese realized that they could not compete with America’s tech and weaponry (Expansion in the Pacific, Perry Opens Japan, 12/12/17).