Imperialism

America enters the World Stage

Why pursue a policy of imperialsim?

Imperialism occurs when a strong nation takes over a weaker nation or region and dominates its economically, politically, or socially…

1) to open worldwide markets for our industrial and agricultural surpluses

2) Obtain outside sources of raw materials

Global perspective

Industrialization led the US to increase it’s involvement in world affairs:

•International Darwinism: competition among nations led to imperialism , “only the strong survive”

•Global competition to build the strongest navy/military

•Anglo-Saxon superiority

•Christian mission

Primary sources

White Man's Burden

Should the US annex the Philippines?

YES - “White Man’s Burden” & Expansionism

•Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, and others wanted the US to become an imperialistic power, claimed that it was the duty of the "White race" to govern "inferior" peoples and bring them the joys of civilization.

•It was also believed among the military and commercial interests that if the US did not annex the islands, then Japan or Germany would… we need to continue to build up the EMPIRE to obtain NEW MARKETS AND RAW MATERIALS

NO – Annexation would be a violation of America’s Values of Independence

•US must adhere to the principles in the Declaration of Independence, we cannot deprive the Filipinos of the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

•People should be free to govern themselves. Some believed imperialism was the wrong course for the US to take.





Goal 6 I Can……….



Identify the factors that led to the US building an Empire… our role in world affairs


Describe the Spanish-American War, the annexation of the Philippines, and debate over American expansionism


Explain US involvement in Latin America, Roosevelt Corollary, and Panama Canal


Explain Chinese Exclusion Act and anti-Asian immigration sentiment on west coast