American Imperialism

American Imperialism in the Late Nineteenth Century
HIS 204 American History Since 1865
Instructor: Stephanie Wyszynski

American Imperialism in the Late Nineteenth Century
In the late nineteenth century, the United States pursued an aggressive policy of expansion.   Also known as the American Imperialism policy, during this period the United States was extending its political and economic influence around the world.   After America temporarily resolved the problems of reconstruction and industrialization is when America continued the course of expansion.   After the horrors of the Civil War, America was side tracked to accomplish this goal.   To achieve imperialism America had to believe in and adopt the policy.
The American Imperialism was adopted for many reasons that included the observation that the western frontier was deemed as being closed.   The public’s perception of the closing of the west and the philosophy of social Darwinism gave desire for the continued expansion of the American culture to other nations.   The result of this caused a shift in U.S. foreign policy at the end of the nineteenth century, from being a reserved, homeland concerned republic to becoming very active in the imperial power movement.   The beginning of American imperialism started with the Spanish-American War, this helped America rationalize their decision to adopt the policy.
The United States rationalized the imperial movement the way America always did; by using religion and claiming that it is the nation’s Manifest Destiny.   The Manifest Destiny is the nineteenth century’s political and philosophical belief that it was America’s divinely assigned mission to expand westward across the North American continent.   America needed to establish democratic and Protestant ideals, which is the Manifest Destiny.   During the American Imperialism era, there were other major events that contributed to the rise of the United States dominant power over the rest of the world.
The major...