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Age Of Imperialism Essay

732 words - 3 pages

Elizabeth Lanning
The Age of Imperialism
His 204: American History Since 1865
Donna Hinsey
June 22, 2008

The idea of American Imperialism started in the late Nineteenth century. This idea however was not supported by all Americans. It was the opinion of the Anti-Imperialist league founded in 1899 that we should not be getting involved in the affairs of other nations. Most Americans however found that Imperialism was a necessity in order to build a country that would be a power house among nations. Imperialism was not only practiced by our nation but many other nations that sought power and prestige.
In order to understand why most Americans thought that Imperialism was a necessary ...view middle of the document...

This example of Imperialism gives one an idea of the hunger for power and property that the American people had.
Imperialism was not supported by all Americans in power however. In 1899 the league for Anti-imperialist was formed. This took place after America occupied Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Islands. These men found that imperialism was hostile towards liberty and violated ones right to be free. They believed that every person deserved the right to life, liberty, happiness and most importantly the right to be free. The idea of taking something that did not belong to us was an evil that we should not be involved in. It was not the right of Americans to interfere with foreign affairs.
Although the Anti-imperialist fought to have America restore the countries that were taken by force they did not succeeded. For example the Filipinos revolted against American rule which caused many lives lost for both parties. In the end however America maintained control of all territories taken from different countries. Some of the territories taken by American imperialism would include Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippine Islands, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau...

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