The United States focused on itself throughout the Gilded Age, building farms, factories, and overcrowded cities. But being such an international force, it wasn’t long before the vast oceans that surrounded the US were now vessels for its expansion. America would quickly realize the great opportunities abroad, and that imperialism was its new destiny.
The Spanish American War "The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly, who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who, at the best, know the triumph of high achievement and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt Although William McKinley is in office, Teddy Roosevelt steals the show and leads the charge to liberate Cuba.
B. Attached to politics- McKinley, “Free the Cuban people”
C. Negotiations with Spain stumbled by “yellow press”
a. Stolen letter of Spanish ambassador Dupuy de Lome
b. Calls McKinley, “weak, and a bidder for the admiration of the crowd, besides being a would-be politician who tries to leave a door open behind himself while keeping in good terms with the jingoes of his party”