Task 1 – Argumentative Essay
Read below the definitions and descriptions of two “Big Ideas” we discussed in this unit. Create a Google Doc named “Westward Essay” and answer the question following the Essay Format given.
Imperialism- refers to the economic, military, and cultural influences one country has on other countries, sometimes at the expense of the country being influenced. Imperialism can be dated back to the idea of America acquiring more land no matter who or what was in their way. Some see Western Expansion as an act of IMPERIALISM because the land acquired during this period was at the expense of other groups of people and other nations.
Manifest Destiny - the idea that America was "destined" to expand across the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Many people believed moving westward would mean a brand new life with new opportunities and freedoms. Many people valuedtheir freedom to better themselves and their lives, even if it meant the risk of negative consequences. The idea of Manifest Destiny explains that Western Expansion was a reflection of the American Dream.
Your Task: Construct a well-written argumentative essay answering the question: Was western expansion an act of IMPERIALISM or a reflection of MANIFEST DESTINY?