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Imperialism 1 American Imperialism Stephanie Teal HIS204 American History Since 1865 Instructor: Dennis Magnuson February 14, 2011
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Imperialism 2 Imperialism is the policy that extends a country’s power and influence through either diplomacy or through military force. Imperialism is the control of one or a number of countries by a dominant nation. The control may be political, economic or both.. This paper will cover why the policy was adopted, how it was rationalized, some of the major events of this time, and what countries the United States became involved with. After the United States occupied Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Island, the American Anti-Imperialist League was founded in 1899. The Anti Imperialist League was founded “in order to campaign against the annexation of the Philippines.” (Carl Schurz 1913) There were many policies that the League was trying to put in place. The league protested and stated that, “the policy known as imperialism is hostile to liberty and tends towards militarism.” (Carl Schurz 1913) They contended that all men are entitled to life, liberty, and happiness. They accused the government of being “disloyal to the principles of government and called it criminal aggression.” (Carl Schurz 1913) Another policy that the league attacked was “the policy of the
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