Crises in the 1890s 175 in the 1890s expansionism

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Unformatted text preview: n triumphant? Darwin always said the best race would win out. Obsession with Masculinity – Selfexplanatory. Missionary/Civilizing Impulse – In other words, the “nice” version of American Exceptionalism (the idea that we’re special). The missionaries just made it all godly and altruistic and everything, as many really believed that they were benefiting the people they subjugated b/c they were giving them “liberty” and “prosperity.” - Enough of that. Now what the heck actually happened? *US Ambitions Abroad: 1860 – 1880* - The American empire grew slowly over time, prompted by leaders like William H. Seward [NY Senator, Secretary of State 1861 – 1869], who saw a huge US empire including Canada and surrounding islands. This 173 empire, he thought, would come together naturally through gravitation towards the US and trade. - Some of Seward’s schemes included… Virgin Islands – He tried to buy them from Denmark in 1867, but the Senate and a hurricane prevented the purchase. Samaná Bay Naval Base – Attempt to get a base in the Dominican Republic, didn’t work. Intervention in Mexico – Using the Monroe Doctrine, Seward sent troops to the Mexican border in 1866 and got Napoleon III to abandon its puppet regime there. Alaska – In 1867 Seward bought resource-rich Alaska from Russia. A Worldwide Communication System - Due to the financier Cyrus Field, a transatlantic cable was built to link European and American telegraph networks. This network was then extended to Latin America as well. - Other important trends in foreign policy under Seward & Fish [his successor]: Anglo-American Rapprochement – During this time GB and the US grew closer. Examples of this shocking new phenomenon include… The Alabama claims – The Alabama and such ships were built for the Confederacy by GB. As they caused Union losses, the US demanded reparations, and the question was eventually resolved through a British tribunal that decided on the amount paid to the US...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.

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