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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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- Spring '11