European nations look toward overseas markets to expand their industrial empires into imperial empires. Not wanting to be left behind, America joins in the race, taking territory and engaging in war to accomplish its imperial goals.
Vocabulary - imperialism, Social Darwinism, "White Man's Burden", yellow journalism, jingoism, Spanish-American War, Battle of Manilla Bay, Battle of San Juan Hill, "Rough Riders", Treaty of Paris (1898) Alfred T. Mahan, William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, Theodore Roosevelt
The United States was now counted among the powers of the world. With this new stance, America began to flex its muscles in the Western Hemisphere, extending its sphere of influence over the Caribbean and parts of Latin America.
Vocabulary - Open Door Policy, sphere of influence, Philippine-American War, Anti-Imperialist League, Platt Amendment, protectorate, Insular Cases, "Big Stick" Diplomacy, Panama Canal, Roosevelt Corollary, Dollar Diplomacy, Missionary/Moral Diplomacy Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson
THE GREAT WAR: WORLD WAR I
The major nations of Europe clash for the first time in 100 years. Late in the war, America joins the trenches of the Western Front, helping to turn the tide and solidify its world power status in the international community.
War brings out the best and worst in society. In the United States, Americans rally behind the war effort while at the same time civil liberties come under attack to protect those efforts and defend against radical communist extremists.
Vocabulary - Selective Service Act, War Industries Board, Liberty/Victory/War Bonds, Espionage and Sedition Act, Schenck v. U.S., communism, Fourteen Points, League of Nations, Treaty of Versailles John J. Pershing, Henry Cabot Lodge, J. Edgar Hoover
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