American Imperialism Then and Now: Diffusion of the American Culture

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The imperialist spirit of the United States was inherited from England after the U.S. broke away from its mother country in 1775. The young country wanted to spread its ways of living across its landscape, creating defined boarders on both sides that separated it from its English predecessors. Thus America’s New Frontier was born. America built up its imperialistic nature throughout the 19th century and on into the 20th century, flexing its muscles and establishing itself as a new world superpower. The modern United States no longer finds land to claim, but instead is involved with a Cultural Imperialism, which has affected how other countries around the world feel about the United States. Americas need to find a new frontier has long…show more content…
America also fights wars in order to spread democracy to other countries. A democratic republic form of government does not make the United States unique; many countries have republics, democracies, or both. However the United States is unique because of how much stress it puts into trying to spread the ideas of a democratic government to foreign countries around the world. Americans generally have feelings of exceptionalism from the rest of the world. This was especially prevalent during the late 19th and 20th centuries when the United States had completed its growth from coast to coast, and civilization and industry were booming. Patriotic pride is important to the growth and prosperity of a country because it provides a positive outlook on the future. Senator Albert Beveridge of Ohio declared in a speech to Congress that America was “[God’s] chosen people…to lead in the regeneration of the world” (Beveridge 1). This type of radical nationalism can lead to American imperialism simply because the American imperialists believe they have a right to colonize other nations. Rahul Varma, a Canadian playwright and essayist for the Playwrights Guild of Canada, wrote an article about the damaging effects of globalization. He writes that globalization is changing world policy and cultures into a monoculture not unlike that of the United States. The American culture, he continues, which the other unique cultures may fall victim to is one of rapid
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