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

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