Choose one of the following options to learn about the role of the us military abroad today. Once becoming an “expert” on your topic, you will join a different group to share your findings and learn from your classmates who focused on another area.
Now click here to go another website. Click on the maps to visit at least three different bases from each of the four regions. Group may split up into partners to choose one larger base from each region to explore more fully. Complete the information below to give us a snapshot of four different military bases in your own words:
Directions: Go to http://www.cfr.org/publication/5934/american_imperialism_no_need_to_run_away_from_label.html?id=5934 to read an article on why we shouldn’t be afraid to act as an imperialist power. Please look up words or terms you don’t understand. Then answer the following questions…
In the 5th paragraph, the authors state that, “…on the whole, U.S. imperialism has been the greatest force for good in the world during the past century.” What examples do they use to back that claim?
Two paragraphs later, they argue that being good imperialists “…means imposing the rule of law, property rights, free speech and other guarantees, at gunpoint if need be.” Why should the US do that?
How do they use Japan and Germany after World War II (in 1945) as examples of why the US should be patient with Iraq?
According to the authors, what is the main reason the US “failed” in helping build democracies in some countries?
Individual reaction: What is your reaction to the arguments made in this article? Are they convincing to you? Why/why not?
Teacher notes and directions:
This document can be edited, printed, and then passed out as one stapled packet to each student, or post on moodle as a PDF or Word doc.
Go over the four options and then have them divide into four groups.
Give them 15-20 minutes or so to work on their chosen topic.
Once everyone is done, form new groups with a 1/2/3/4 combo in each. Could do groups of 8 with a pair from each as well.
Each student should verbally share answers from their original group with their new group, allowing other students to ask questions before answering on their sheets in their own words. Presenters should lead discussion on “Individual reaction” questions before all students write their own answers.
Whole class wrap-up: Go over reactions to the different sources.
Potential homework response question: “How would you compare US imperialism of 100 years ago to that of today?”