7.0 Expansionism - AP US History Document Based Question...

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AP US History Document Based Question Directions : The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents A-H and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. High scores will be earned only by essays that both cite key pieces of evidence from the documents and draw on outside knowledge of the period. Some of the documents have been edited, and wording and punctuation have been modernized. To what extent was late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century United States expansionism a continuation of past United States expansionism and to what extent was it a departure? Use the documents and your knowledge of United States history to 1914 to construct your answer. Document A Source: Thomas Nast. "The World's Plunderers." Harper's Weekly , 1885.
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Document B Source: Josiah Strong. Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis . New York: American Home Missionary Society, 1885. "It seems to me that God, with infinite wisdom and skill, is training the Anglo-Saxon race for an hour sure to come in the world's . . . . The unoccupied arable lands of the earth are limited, and will soon be taken . . . . Then will the world enter upon a new stage of its history - the final competition of races, for which the Anglo-Saxon is being schooled . . . . Then this race of unequaled energy, with all the majesty of numbers and the might of wealth behind it - the representative, let us hope, of the largest liberty, the purest Christianity, the highest civilization . . . . will spread itself over the earth. If I read not amiss the powerful race will move down upon Mexico, down upon Central and South America out upon the islands of the sea over upon Africa and beyond. And can any one doubt that the result of this competition of races will be the "survival of the fittest"? Document C
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