U.S. Involvement globally

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Austin Jackson
U.S. Involvement globally

At the time of the Spanish American War the United States went from relative isolation to increased global involvement because of economic expansion, and rebellion in the western hemisphere. The consequences of this increased global involvement on American society was that America exited the Spanish-American war as an Imperialist country and America began to abuse its position as an emerging world power.
American policy makers were forced to consider a greater global involvement because the domestic marketplace was flourishing and America wanted to share their trade politics with the world. As America’s population grew at an exponential rate during the end of the nineteenth century, the
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went in the war with no plans beyond sinking the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay and it took them months after Manila to send troops to Spain but with the Spanish putting up hardly any opposition, the United States was easily able to defeat them. This led to both nations signing the Treaty of Paris and the U.S. acquired Cuba and around the same time acquired the territories of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam.6 This allowed the government to advance its interest in economic prosperity and spread the idea of the American Dream in these lands.7 Businesses in America mostly opposed the war with Spain at the beginning because they believed that war through free trade into confusion. In the end though, this war spread free enterprise in these countries and helped businesses to expand throughout the world.
The consequence that stemmed from Americas military and economic involvement in foreign affairs was that America was beginning to resemble an imperialist country. America fought a bloody forty-one-month war to secure possession of the entire archipelago. During this Philippine Insurrection, the United States created an occupation army that waged total war on local resistance. Forty-two hundred Americans died in battle for possession of this colony. As many as twenty thousand Filipino insurgents also died. As never before, the United States had established direct control over a foreign society—seven thousand miles from North
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