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  • 1. American Imperialism, 1890-1914 The U.S. Becomes a World Power
  • 2. What is Imperialism?
    • Take a brief moment to write down what you think “imperialism” means, include possible present-day situations that you think are imperialist and why
  • 3. Imperialism- definition
    • “The policy in which stronger nations extend their economic, political or military control over weaker countries or territories.”
    • Any contemporary examples?
  • 4. General Reasons for Expansion
    • New machines produced more- created the need for new markets
    • “ Fate has written our policy for us; the trade of the world must and shall be ours…” Senator Albert J. Belveridge
  • 5. General Reasons for Expansion
    • Military Build-up- put U.S. forces in foreign lands to increase military power
    • With Alfred T. Mahan’s help, the U.S. built new navy called the “Great White Fleet”, become third largest navy in the world
  • 6. General Reasons for Expansion
    • Ethnocentricity- the U.S. and other white Europeans thought that their culture was better than everyone else’s
    • U.S. needs to “civilize” the “inferior” peoples around the world