Us Imperialism Analysis

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The United States Of Imperialism by Mary Stoelting Google defines imperialism as “a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force”. Judging by this definition, U.S. imperialism definitely exists. There are many examples of both imperialism through diplomacy, and imperialism through military force, in history. Whether or not intentional, it still happened and is still happening today. One example of imperialism through military forces of the U.S. would be the annexation of Hawaii. In January of 1893, American sugar-growers in Hawaii staged an uprising to overthrow the current queen, Liliuokalani. U.S. marines stormed the islands, albeit without Presidential approval, forcing the queen to abdicate her throne. Although this left the president to decide what to do next, he left office before making a final decision. Wisely, the new President William McKinley signed a joint resolution annexing an island because naval bases on the islands would be critical during the Spanish-American war. These unapproved actions by the marines are an example of U.S. imperialism in history. The afore stated definition of imperialism also includes diplomacy. Through diplomacy, such as aid sent to other countries, the U.S. does enact imperialism. When we send aid, we usually send supplies that have been made in…show more content…
When introduced to U.S. products and forced to accept them into their daily lives, it gives the U.S. another distinct advantage. Consumerism. Foreign citizens begin to grow attached to these U.S. products and when they have no need to receive them through aid any longer, they look elsewhere to find them. Consequently, businesses are encouraged to expand worldwide and promote globalization. Businesses go where demand is highest. This U.S. consumerism is another example of imperialism, because although it is not strictly controlled by the U.S., but it is definitely the U.S.’s
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