Negative Examples Of American Imperialism

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Negative Examples Of American Imperialism
After temporarily resolving the problems of reconstruction and industrialization created during the Gilded Age, Americans began to resume the course of expansion. Control of the sea was the key to being a world power, which explains the reason behind colonizing heavily populated islands far away from the home country. These islands were not seen as suitable to become territories, and later states, but only as colonies. Commercial and business interests were one of the main reasons behind strong will to expand American power, as well as Social Darwinism - a belief, that many saw as legitimate during the 1870s. Social Darwinists argued that all people could be divided into different races, of which the Anglo-Saxon race was the most evolved and therefore the most qualified to dominate less-evolved races, which, of course, today would just seem foolish. Many Americans also believed in the concept of manifest destiny - the idea that the United States was destined by God to expand westward and spread American democracy from coast to coast (American Imperialism, 2). Rapid increase in population, wealth, and industrial production demanded more resources and made people fear that America’s own resources might eventually dry up. Desire to compete with Europe for overseas empires played an important role too - between 1870 and 1900, Europeans had taken over 1/5 of land and 1/10 of population of the world (1). Because the United States was…
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