Clarifying Objective(s): 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
AH2.H.1.1 Use chronological thinking
AH2.H.1.2 Use Historical Comprehension
AH2.H.1.3 Use Historical Analysis and Interpretation
AH2.H.1.4 Historical Research
2.1 Analyze key political, economic, and social turning points since the end of Reconstruction in terms of causes and effects
2.2 Evaluate key turning points since the end of Reconstruction in terms of their lasting impact
3.1 Analyze how economic, political, social, military and religious factors influenced United States imperialism
3.2 Explain how environmental, cultural and economic factors influenced the patterns of migration and settlement within the United States since the end of Reconstruction
6.1 Explain how national economic and political interests helped set the direction of United States foreign policy since Reconstruction
6.2 Explain the reasons for United States involvement in global wars and the influence each involvement had on international affairs
7.1 Explain the impact of wars on American politics since Reconstruction
7.2 Explain the impact of wars on the American economy since Reconstruction
7.3 Explain the impact of wars on American society and culture since Reconstruction
8.2 Explain how opportunity and mobility impacted various groups within American society since Reconstruction
8.3 Evaluate the extent to which a variety of groups and individuals have had opportunity to attain their perception of the “American Dream” since Reconstruction
8.4 Analyze multiple perceptions of the “American Dream” in times of prosperity and crisis since Reconstruction
How and why did the US gain territory and influence in the Pacific in the years preceding and following the Spanish American War?
How did leaders and citizens of other nations react to US expansion and influence in their nations?
How did American political leaders use foreign aggression as opportunities to prepare for and request war?
How did the desire for new trade markets by industrialized countries impact the distribution of global power and authority at the turn of the century?
How did trade and commercial interests in East Asia lead to the development of the Open Door Policy in China?
How did US imperial policy impact American commerce and industry?
Unit of Study
From Isolationism to World Power
Exploration, settlement, movement, expansion, international affairs, foreign policy, progress, crisis, American dream
Read and interpret excerpts from the following documents:
-Influence of Sea Power on World History
-American Anti-Imperialist League Platform
--White Man’s Burden (Kipling)
-1897 Petition Against Annexation of Hawaii
-Albert Beveridge’s Address to Congress on Philippines
-Emilio Aguinaldo’s Pleas for Independence
-Open Door Notes
Draw political cartoons for or against imperialism
Read newspaper articles on the USS Maine and compare the evidence used by both newspapers to support their claims about what happened to the Maine
Examine headlines from the papers of Hearst and Pulitzer concerning the USS Maine, then create your own headline
Create your own yellow journalism stories based on a photo only (“You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war”)
Examine costs of Spanish American War v. Profits
Map the areas of the US imperialist activities around the world. Analyze why these areas were the most advantageous locations economically for the US to control
Chart Presidential diplomacies of Teddy, Taft, and Wilson and how each is used today.
Alfred T. Mahan
Frederick J. Turner
William Randolph Hearst
Treaty of Paris
William Howard Taft
sphere of influence
Open Door Policy
Great White Fleet
The Americans McDougal Little
Osborne, Thomas. Annexation Hawaii: Fighting American Imperialism
Feifer, Geroge. Breaking Open Japan: Commodore Perry, Lord Abe and the American Imperialism of 1853
Aguinaldo, Emilio. My Memoirs. Manila: 1967.
Hearst, William Randolph. Selections from the Writings and Speeches of William Randolph Hearst. San Francisco: E.F. Tompkins, 1948
McKinley, William. Speeches and Addresses of William McKinley from March 1, 1897 to May 30, 1900. New York: Doubleday and McClure, 1900.
Sample Assessment Prompts
Was America imperialistic at the turn of the Century?
How did the Spanish American War represent a turning point in US foreign policy?
Many people believe that the nations which were imperial colonizers owe reparations (payment or other compensation) to the people and countries they colonized. Is this justifiable?
Why did the United States become an imperial
power at the end of the 19th century?
How did economic interests in Latin America and the Caribbean guide the foreign policies of T. Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson?