Presentation on theme: "US Imperialism An American Empire:. US Imperialism A. Imperialism 1.Extension of a nations power over other territories. 2.Why? a. Economics- Resources."— Presentation transcript:
US Imperialism A. Imperialism 1.Extension of a nations power over other territories. 2.Why? a. Economics- Resources and new customers b. Military c. Public Outcry 1. Cultural superiority a. Social Darwinism- We are better than other cultures like Africa, Latin-America, Asia 2. Nationalism = patriotism with a dark side!
US Imperialism 3. Religion a. Mission trips b. Converting local populations c. White Mans Burden to lift up the other races 1. Racist and belittling 2. Again, Social Darwinism… Americans and Europeans believed the strongest races (white) were best.
US Imperialism B. The US steps out 1. The US had long been expanding, especially on the frontier. 2. In the 1870s, the US frontier was closing, and we began to look elsewhere for expansion. a. Jealous of European possessions in Africa and Asia.
US Imperialism 2. First territories acquired outside of the US: a. Alaska, 1867 1. Purchased by Sect. of State William Seward for $7.2 Million from Russia. 2. Known as Sewards Folly, based on public perception that Alaska was useless! 3. 1959- Becomes our 49 th state!
US Imperialism 4. Modern day Alaska is considered a huge value! a. Strategically b. Oil c. Sea Resources (fish, passage, etc.)
US Imperialism 4. Hawaiians, most notable their king, Kalakaua, wanted to form their own nation. a. However, sugar plantation owners, especially Sanford Dole, forced him to sign a constitution that deprived Hawaiians of most rights and freedoms! 1. Bayonet Constitution
US Imperialism 5. Annexation occurred later, in 1898, when the Hawaiian queen Liliuokalani was overthrown by US Congress! 6. 1959- Became our 50 th state! 7. Today, a tourist destination and military base!
Laptops!! YEEHAW! On your own… On your own… Choose one of the 5 imperial fruits of US Empire! Choose one of the 5 imperial fruits of US Empire! Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, Philippines, and Hawaii Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, Philippines, and Hawaii Create a collage of resources or advantages the US received by capturing this territory! Create a collage of resources or advantages the US received by capturing this territory! You need at least 6 items! You need at least 6 items! List each item on the back of your collage! List each item on the back of your collage! DUE TODAY!!! 15 points! DUE TODAY!!! 15 points!