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RQ: Based on the evidence available to you, what TWO factors were most responsible for the U.S. decision to embark on an imperialist foreign policy in the 1890s? Why? The two factors that were most responsible for the U.S. embarking on an imperialist foreign policy were the United States’ desire to become a “tier 1” world power, and White American’s belief that they were superior to other races. 1) Eric Foner describes that in the 1880’s the United States’ navy was smaller than Chile’s and that the U.S was a second rate power. In the 1890’s the U.S. saw European powers dividing up the world for themselves and the U.S. wanted to get colonies in order to compete with other world powers. 2) In the Albert Beveridge article the author states “They are not capable of self-government. How could they be? They are not of a self-governing race. They are Orientals, Malays, instructed by
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Unformatted text preview: Spaniards in the later's worst estate. This shows that there were people in the United States who believed that other races needed to be governed and looked after by Whites. 3) Eric Foner talks of Josiah Strong, a clergyman who believed that the Anglo-Saxons should now spread their institutions and values to inferior races. This quote shows that it wasnt just politicians who wanted imperialism but it was also clergyman and other white, religious people. 1) 1) Eric Foner, Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, vol. 2, 2nd ed., (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008) pg. 625 2) Albert Beveridge, A Defense of Imperialism, (1900), pg. 3 3) Eric Foner, Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, vol. 2, 2nd ed., (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008) 626...
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2012 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Weise during the Spring '08 term at San Diego State.

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