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Unformatted text preview: Josiah Strong (1847-1916) was a clergyman and writer who preached of the saving power of Protestant religious values. He is best known for his book, Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis , in which he urged Anglo-Saxons to "civilize and Christianize" the American West. In 1885, Josiah Strong wrote Our Country . In the book, Strong called for Anglo-Saxons to spread their superior institutions and values to "inferior races" in the American West. Civilizing "savages," he said, would be both good for the uncivilized peoples and for the American economy. Many of those in favor of global expansion in the late nineteenth century found inspiration in this work. A United States naval officer, Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, negotiated tirelessly for several months with Japanese officials to achieve the goal of opening the doors of trade with Japan. For two centuries, Japanese ports were closed to all but a few Dutch and Chinese traders. The United States hoped Japan would agree to open certain ports so American vessels could begin to trade with the mysterious island kingdom. In addition to interest in the Japanese market, America needed Japanese ports to replenish coal and supplies for the commercial...
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