The United States Of America

1527 Words Oct 11th, 2015 7 Pages
The United States of America is a nation that displays strong democratic tradition but history teaches us that there have been presidents whom have demonstrated imperialism. Imperialism occurs when a stronger nation takes over by force a weaker nation or region and then imposes it’s economic, political and or cultural life on that region. Imperialism has been around for centuries beginning in the ancient world when great empires arose due to a civilization or religious belief attempting to dominate and control others. Then in the modern age the word is most often associated with the British Empire but in the late 19th and early 20th century the United States also possessed imperialistic policies. U.S. President’s such as William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Nixon all possessed imperialist views and policies which violated the ideals of our Founding Fathers.
Men and women fled Europe in the face of European persecution because of their religious beliefs. The Founding Fathers were committed to the sense of exceptionalism with substantial and genuine virtue. The tide started to change as the United States grew and because more powerful, the United States began to flex its political muscle during the McKinley administration. McKinley’s imperialistic policies lead to the Spanish-American War. The United States forced the Spanish government to guaranty the independence of Cuba. The Spanish government also relinquished Guam and Puerto Rico to the U.S. and agreed to sell the…
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