America's Age of Imperialism

Prepare: Read Chapters 4 and 6 of the textbook and watch To Conquer or Redeem.

Reflect: As you learn about American Imperialism, think about the factors that contributed to it. Consider the importance of the expansion of the Navy, the technological advancements, and the need for markets brought on by the Industrial Revolution. Think also about the idea of Manifest Destiny. It is often connected to the settlement and development of the American West, but how was it also connected to American Imperialism? Take the time to notice President Theodore Roosevelt’s role in promoting American Imperialism and the factors contributing to America’s expanding role in the world.

Write: Refer to your textbook and the film. Thoroughly address the following points:

  • Explain Manifest Destiny and American exceptionalism.
  • How were these ideas applied to U.S. foreign policy at the turn of the 20th century?
  • What do you see as the positives and negatives of American Imperialism?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Provide specific examples to support your points. Your references and citations must be formatted according to APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center.

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