Study Guide for Imperialism – October 22 Questions for thought

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Study Guide for Imperialism – October 22

Questions for thought

  1. What key events and ideas make up the age of imperialism in America (1890-1915)?

  2. Why is the Spanish-American War considered a turning point in American History? What year did it occur?

  3. Understand how the following helped move the USA toward a position of world power.

    1. U.S. Expansionism: policies to expand U.S. influence in the world.

    2. Alfred Thayer Mahan: The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783

    3. Henry Cabot Lodge: proponent of Imperialism to maintain the pioneer spirit of USA

    4. Spanish American War: De Lome Letter, USS Maine, Rough Riders, Hearst, Pulitzer, acquisition of territories, Platt Amendment

    5. Theodore Roosevelt: Panama Canal, Big Stick Diplomacy, Roosevelt Corollary

    6. Samuel B. Dole: Annexation of Hawaii, economic imperialism

    7. Role of Missionaries: Social consciousness to spread Christian faith around the world

  4. Why was the addition of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Philippines and our influence in Cuba important in creating world influence for the U.S.? How did these acquisitions increase our sphere of influence in the world?

  5. Analyze the impact of physical and human geographic factors on the Panama Canal. (disease, man power, terrain, climate)

  6. How did the Panama Canal change the nature of trade and military action in the Western Hemisphere?

  7. How did foreign policy affect relations with other countries and our economy?

    1. Open Door Policy

    2. Dollar Diplomacy

    3. Roosevelt Corollary

    4. Big Stick Policy

  1. How did the Yellow Journalism impact America’s view of the world?

  2. How did increases in technology help expand America’s influence? Consider economy and military.


  1. Imperialism

  2. Nationalism

  3. Annex

  4. Yellow Journalism

  5. Banana Republics

  6. Arbitration

  7. Jingoism

  8. Big Stick Diplomacy

  9. U.S.S. Maine

  10. “splendid little war”

  11. Platt amendment

  12. Spheres of influence

  13. Rough Riders

  14. Militarism

  15. Open Door Policy

  16. Concession

  17. Panama Canal

  18. De Lome Letter

  19. Humanitarianism

  20. Roosevelt Corollary

  21. Dollar Diplomacy

  22. Racism

Important People to know (Identify and evaluate the contributions of each)

  1. Henry Cabot Lodge

  2. Sanford Dole

  3. Captain Alfred T. Mahan

  4. William Randolph Hearst

  5. Joseph Pulitzer

  6. William McKinley

  7. John Hay

  8. Theodore Roosevelt

  9. William Howard Taft

  10. Woodrow Wilson

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