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1 U.S. Imperialism

2 Isolationism to Imperialism isolationism – avoiding involvement in the affairs of other nations imperialism – practice of extending a nations power by gaining territories for a colonial empire Britain, France, Germany, Italy, & Russia all had empires U.S. started wanting to expand U.S. economy through foreign trade; i.e. Hawaii

3 Open Door Policy Japan defeated China; China = weak policy = All nations should have equal access to trade with China to make profits of their land Boxer Rebellion – Chinese resented this and rebelled; killed; foreign military defeated the Boxers

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5 Spanish-American War Cuba rebelled against Spanish imperialism U.S. trade with Cuba suffering & Americans felt sympathetic to their cause (American Revolution) yellow journalism – the American press critical of the Spanish; they exaggerated stories to attract readers; i.e. William Randolph Hearst & Joseph Pullitzer USS Maine – exploded or bombed? led to war with Spain (ex. of yellow journalism) Teddys soldiers = Rough Riders (specialized group)

6 Yellow Journalism journalism that features scandal- mongering, sensationalism, embellishments = unprofessional activity journalism that features scandal- mongering, sensationalism, embellishments = unprofessional activity exaggerating to sell more newspapers exaggerating to sell more newspapers articles that sensationalized war & swayed public opinion articles that sensationalized war & swayed public opinion

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8 Rough Riders volunteer cavalry (horse-back soldiers) raised for the Spanish American War Assault on Santiago & Kettle Hill & San Juan Hill – defining battle to dominate Cuba

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11 Fighting for the Ocean Islands War in Cuba! (1898) Spain defeated. Result = Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, Phillipines in U.S. Control: U.S. imperialism Panama Canal – link Pacific & Atlantic; 6,000 lives lost; built by the France & U.S.

12 Hawaii perfect spot for coaling stations and naval bases in Pacific Ocean (i.e. Pearl Harbor) perfect spot for coaling stations and naval bases in Pacific Ocean (i.e. Pearl Harbor) In late 1800s, America wants it… the Hawaiian League (American businessmens secret group) created to overthrow the Hawaiian monarch the bayonet constitution = king held at gunpoint to give in to American demands In late 1800s, America wants it… the Hawaiian League (American businessmens secret group) created to overthrow the Hawaiian monarch the bayonet constitution = king held at gunpoint to give in to American demands American planters overthrew Queen Lilioukalani American planters overthrew Queen Lilioukalani In 1898, America annexed Hawaii (as a territory); in 1959, Hawaii became a state In 1898, America annexed Hawaii (as a territory); in 1959, Hawaii became a state


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