Examples Of America Isolationism

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Savannah Leaird
Mrs. Hannon
American History II
15 February, 2018

United States Imperialism.

Isolationism is defined as a policy for remaining separate from the political affairs and interests of other nations, while imperialism is defined as a policy of extending a country 's power and influence through diplomacy or military force. From the Colonial Period to WWII, the United States slowly began to pull away from isolationism and lean more towards the idea of imperialism. After World War II, isolationism came a complete halt in our nation and we see America begin to imperialize several different territories all over the world. As the U.S. makes this transition, there are multiple obvious changes throughout the nation, such as a growth of our economy, a feeling of cultural superiority, and a strengthening of our naval forces. Why did America transform from isolationism to imperialism?
For starters, the United States felt the need to spread its own culture and religion, Christianity. We viewed small countries as inferior and uncivilized because they did not have advanced technology like our own and the natives of the territories did not practice the Christian religion. This being said, America decided that we needed to take over these areas to improve them. America decided to “improve” territories including the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Virgin Islands, and the Panama Canal region. A specific example of American attempting to better the areas
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