US history Mid-term Essay

US history Mid-term - Colin Orr 2pm Recitation Name on back page Contributions to Foreign Policy in the Spanish-American War In the 1890's the

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Colin Orr 2pm Recitation Name on back page Contributions to Foreign Policy in the Spanish-American War In the 1890’s, the United States was going through an economic crisis attributed to the collapse of railroads and a depression in the stock market. What was believed to be the main cause of this decline was that there were not enough markets for the selling of American goods. With this main structural problem, President William McKinley, as well as the business leaders of the country, was able to apply the new mindset to the nation of expansion and imperialism in the Western Hemisphere. The majority of the rest of the population was able to go along with these views because not only did this strategy call for new strength in the economy; it also implied the spread of American ideals and religion to the less educated peoples across the Pacific. Leading up to and during the Spanish-American War, the United States government set out to expand their economy’s potential, spread their national impressions of democracy and religion to ultimately become a more supreme and superior world leader through the intent of a more aggressive foreign policy. Senator Albert J. Beveridge said it perfectly at the time that, “We are raising more than we an consume… making more than we can use. Therefore, we must find new markets for our produce, new occupation for our capital, new work for our labor.” 2 With foreign markets in Europe diminishing, the American government and businesses wanted to engage the close neighbors of the Caribbean as well as the distant islands in the Pacific for economic complement. The Pacific islands were especially important because they not only allowed for trade and new markets to export mass production to, they could be
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used as way stations, which allow merchants to stop on the way of a trade route 1 , to larger, more significant markets, such as China, which the United States had been looking to for years. The Spanish-American War became one of the more important
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course HIST 0601 taught by Professor Rurk during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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US history Mid-term - Colin Orr 2pm Recitation Name on back page Contributions to Foreign Policy in the Spanish-American War In the 1890's the

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