Why U.S. Imperialism?? The Six Ds….
seeking new markets for trade and investment: enhance capitalism
seeking economic activities or natural resources
to protect dollar interests / to defend the country / National Security
military might / need for bases or stations to maintain control of region
spreading political ideals to countries with unstable governments or oppressive regimes
In the name of freedom and liberty
survival of the fittest mentality applied to nations or races: “stronger” nations dominate “weaker”
Anglo-Saxon superiority /“advanced” cultures (white) “civilizing” primitive ones (brown)
taking the concept of manifest destiny outside the borders of the U.S.
Belief that it is our God given right to expand, spread democracy, and keep markets open for trade and profit
spreading the word of God and Christianity / “Civilization” tied to Christianity
Missions and Missionary work in foreign countries
Can you identify the Six Ds of Imperialism in McKinley’s decision to annex the Philippines??
teacher provides the following format on worksheet for each student to complete in groups
Teacher can choose which cartoons, and how many, to include in the group activity depending
on class size and amount of time.
#1 : Study the cartoon:
Look at all words, signs, and symbols.
Who is represented in the cartoon?______________________________________________________________
What is happening?__________________________________________________________________________
#2 : The Big Picture:
What is the general message?__________________________________________________________________
How do you know that? (what signs, symbols, or labels help you to identify the message?)
#3 : Point of view:
From whose point of view is the cartoon from?_____________________________________
Where might this have been published? __________________________________________
For what purpose? Is it FOR or AGAINST something?
#4 : Outside information:
What people, places, events, ideas or concepts, vocabulary, policies, time frame, or 6 Ds come to
mind or are related to this cartoon? Check your notebook if you need to. List these below:
#5: Name the cartoon: With your group, think of a clever title for this cartoon:
The last two cartoons (following slides) are for the
teacher to present after the group work.
Ask students to analyze them and share ideas with
Afterwards, tell them that these cartoons were
published after the US went into Iraq in 2003.
Discuss imperialism as a concept today…connecting
themes of the past to current foreign policy.
Which of the 6 Ds do they think are most applicable