I can describe and evaluate the causes, events, and impact of American imperialism.
While the US was pushing for reform at home, the country was also expanding abroad in the era of IMPERIALISM. Was American imperialism right or wrong? That’s our essential question! How will we answer it?
WITH A DEBATE!
To preview our discussion, you should spend 30 minutes (yup, it’s timed) watching America in the 20th Century: America Becomes a World Power (usmstudent, wildcats). As you watch, use the viewing guide to consider the reasons why the United States became an expansionist country in the late 1800s, and then consider each example of American imperialism – ESPECIALLY THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR. Should the US have been an imperial nation? That’s your goal!
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