Dbq american Imperialism This work will be considered a test grade. You are to hand in only concise, short, but accurate numbered answers. There are 40 questions at 2 points each. I expect well-reasoned simple answers to each question



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11th AP HISTORY Prof. Ruthie García Vera VJMJCH Colegio Marista



DBQ American Imperialism

This work will be considered a test grade. You are to hand in only concise, short, but accurate numbered answers. There are 40 questions at 2 points each. I expect well-reasoned simple answers to each question.

BACKGROUND

Since the days of George Washington and the Monroe Doctrine, the United States had firmly adhered to a policy of Isolationism – the stance that America would remain isolated from the rest of the world in all political and military matters. Isolation allowed the US to flourish without fear of European interference. The country grew from a series of sparsely populated states hugging the Atlantic coast to a large, industrial nation spreading from sea to shining sea.

Between the Civil War and the First World War, the United States abandoned that long-held isolationist policy and joined the world of international politics and power. The period 1875-1920 has been described by some historians as a period of “selfless altruism” during which the United States defended weaker nations against aggrandizement by rapacious European powers and spread the “blessings of democracy and civilization.” Others have described the “New Manifest Destiny” as a time of “ruthless American expansion” at the expense of weaker nations and in violation of our own most sacred principles of consent of the governed and popular sovereignty.

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Our Manifest Destiny is to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions” - John L. Sullivan, Democratic Review (1845)



  1. Which continent is being referred to by John L. Sullivan?




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