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Emily Bayne Chapter 20 09/13/2020 Chapter 20: Seizing an American Empire 1865 – 1913 The Second Industrial Revolution had opened up a need for new markets in America, where manufacturers could sell their products. American agricultural products had been in constant competition with other nations in the world market, but the industrial base had expanded it to a point where they believed they could do well in America. Many proponents for expansion used the concept of social Darwinism to bolster their claims on foreign lands, citing the superiority of the English-speaking races over the colonies’ inhabitants. Much of the imperialist expansion of the US occurred around the beginning of twentieth century, but these roots began in 1867 when William H. Seward secured the purchase of Alaska from Russa. After this, Samoa granted the US a naval base. In 1875, Hawaiian royalty entered into an agreement with America to import sugar duty free. This resulted in a boom in sugar production, and American planters had flooded the island nation. Eventually, the royal family was forced out by

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