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Topic: Ch.20: Economic Crash and Political Upheaval, 1890-1900 Date: September 30, 2008 11:06 PM Reply Forward Topic: Ch.20: Economic Crash and Political Upheaval, 1890-1900 Date: September 28, 2008 7:38 PM Compiled Messages Print Save as File Subject: Chapter 20 Author: KELLI O'MERRY Kelli O’Merry Chapter 20 The United States and Spain went to war in 1898 over Cuba. What caused this was the revolution that was happening in Cuba (Making America, pg. 635). The war caused America to gain an empire that included the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico. According to Making America (page 630), in result of the war the Treaty of Paris was created. This treaty was where Spain allowed Cuba to have independence and Puerto Rico and Guam were ceded to the United States. The treaty of Paris was also where Spain sold the Philippines to the United Stats for twenty-million dollars. This brings us to President Mckinley’s concern of Business and commerce influencing American foreign policy at the end of the nineteenth century. This concern consisted of the United States producing more than it could use so the United States believed they needed to find a “new market.” This made American markets huge in eastern Asia. In a way I agree with President Mckinley’s choice to expand because this allowed the United States to make more money outside of it’s own country. The other part of me disagrees because it seems that due to the racial and cultural differences between the U.S. and the Philippines Mckinley felt a need to take advantage which resulted in imperialism. The overall concept of Mckinley’s decision was wrong. He left the Philippines out of control of themselves and denied them of having their own government. Subject: Chapter 20 Author: KRISTAN OVERTON I agree and understand how and why McKinley had interests in business and commerce as well as civilizing the Philippines, however I disagree with the way he went about acquiring the islands. He stated that he wanted to better their community with Christianity and other support, but there was also interest besides that in the island’s land itself, most notably that it was an important stopping point for shipping routes at the time. I think it’s relatable to the war in Iraq today, where President Bush insists we are there to better the people of Iraq, but there is special interest in the oil the country has to offer. It would be nice to say that America was friendly and selfless enough to help other countries without something in it for them, but it just isn’t true. There was also the fact that other countries, like Germany, had interest in the Philippines, and that may have pushed the U.S. to take quick action. I would say that U.S. foreign policy during this period was deeply influenced by business and money potential, but was disguised under the
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