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. CheckPoint: American Imperialism Write a 150- to 200-word response addressing the following points: o The American belief in superiority was one major factor that led to American imperialism. Explain the other social, economic, and strategic factors that played a role in American imperialism. Prior to the 20 th century, many powerful countries were also empires or imperialistic. During the 19 th century, England, Russia, China and others were important empires. A measure of a nation’s importance and influence was the extent of its empire. Not surprisingly, the United States developed an imperialistic mindset too. While England and others expanded their empires by colonizing, the United States opted for a more mercantile form of control. The goal wasn’t so much to add more land but to open new markets. New markets meant more venues to sell industrial products
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Unformatted text preview: and continue economic expansion at home, as well as new sources of cheap new raw materials like rubber, phosphates, etc. American imperialism was about opening trade under advantageous conditions for American companies. From a strategic viewpoint, political power at the time came from having large spheres of influence. The United States logical immediate sphere of influence was the Americas, where our imperialistic past is resented to this day. From a social viewpoint, the Caucasian American population regarded itself as superior over non-Caucasian peoples. This let it rationalize inflicting imperialistic measures over other nations. Furthermore, society ripped the benefits of the economic expansion that came with imperialism....
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