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Growth and - permanently When Alaska became the 49th state in 1959 it replaced Texas as geographically the largest state in the Union The

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Growth and Transformation After two great wars, the United States comes of age At the same time, voices of anti-imperialism from diverse coalitions of Northern  Democrats and reform-minded Republicans remained loud and constant.  As a result,  the acquisition of a U.S. empire was piecemeal and ambivalent.  Colonial-minded  administrations were often more concerned with trade and economic issues than  political control. The United States’ first venture beyond its continental borders was the purchase of  Alaska – sparsely populated by Inuit and other native peoples – from Russia in 1867.  Most Americans were either indifferent to or indignant at this action by Secretary of  State William Seward, whose critics called Alaska "Seward's Folly" and "Seward's  Icebox."  But 30 years later, when gold was discovered on Alaska's Klondike River,  thousands of Americans headed north, and many of them settled in Alaska 
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Unformatted text preview: permanently. When Alaska became the 49th state in 1959, it replaced Texas as geographically the largest state in the Union. The Spanish-American War, fought in 1898, marked a turning point in U.S. history. It left the United States exercising control or influence over islands in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific. By the 1890s, Cuba and Puerto Rico were the only remnants of Spain's once vast empire in the New World, and the Philippine Islands comprised the core of Spanish power in the Pacific. The outbreak of war had three principal sources: popular hostility to autocratic Spanish rule in Cuba; U.S. sympathy with the Cuban fight for independence; and a new spirit of national assertiveness, stimulated in part by a nationalistic and sensationalist press....
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