US become a world power (1854 – 1920)


Main Ideas:

  1. The Industrialization of America led to an increase of imperialism: demand for raw materials and markets.
  2. The desire to protect our economic interests led to the U.S. entry into WWI.
  3. Debate about the foreign policy of the United States divided America.

Material Covered:

  1. Review: isolation. Manifest Destiny, Monroe Doctrine
  2. America in the Pacific
    1. Japan: Perry
    2. Samoa
    3. Hawaii: Economic imperialism, sugar, Queen Liluokalani
    4. China: Spheres of the influence: Boxer Rebellion, Open Door Policy
  3. Imperialism: The Spanish American War
    1. Causes: Investment, treatment of Cubans, Yellow Journalism, USS Maine
    2. U.S. Empire: Cuba protectorate (Platt Amendment), Guam, Pwetro Rico, Philippines (Major debate: War vs. the United States)
  4. Latin America
    1. Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, “Big Stick”, Panama Canal
    2. Talf: Dollar Diplomacy
    3. Wilson: Watchful Waiting”, Mexico