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American Imperialism (1890-1919) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Between 1890 and 1919, the United States began to work on international relationships. This wasn't without its challenges, though. During this period, the U.S. had to contend with the Spanish-American War and World War I, not to mention that solidifying relationships with foreign countries wasn't always easy. In this chapter, you'll get to learn about the struggles and the successes the U.S. had during this time. You'll get an in-depth look into WWI and why the U.S. became part of the conflict. Some of the other things you will study include:
- The rising international power of America
- The results of the Spanish-American War
- American relations with China
- The opening of the Panama Canal
- The official position of the U.S. during WWI
|American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power||Study the beginning of American imperialism and rising international power.|
|The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results||Discover the origin, goals and conclusion of this war.|
|American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines||Explore the annexation of Hawaii, foreign policy toward China and involvement in the Philippines.|
|American Imperialism in Latin America & the Caribbean||Examine the U.S. involvement in the affairs of the Caribbean, including the opening of the Panama Canal.|
|Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War||Analyze the factors that led to the outbreak of WWI, including the assignation of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and what was happening in the war before America entered.|
|The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention||Learn more about the financial and diplomatic arguments supporting the U.S. entry into the war.|
|End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations||Take a look at Russia's departure from the war, the conclusion of WWI and Wilson's 14 Points.|
1. American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power
When George Washington left office, he warned against getting drawn into global issues, yet just over 100 years later, the U.S. began its rise to become the dominant world power. What started this rise of American Imperialism?
2. The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results
The Spanish-American war was a new kind of war involvement for the U.S. It was not for freedom, it was not an internal conflict. It was fought over expansion and the idea of spreading American influence in the Caribbean and in the Philippines.
3. American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines
American imperialism had a major effect on the world. In this lesson, find out how a nation became a part of the U.S. for almost 50 years and how one kingdom became a U.S. state. The effect of U.S. imperialism in Asia and the Pacific had a long-lasting and far-reaching effect that we can still see today!
4. American Imperialism in Latin America & the Caribbean
Around the turn of the 20th century, the United States entered a period of non-colonial imperial expansion throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of some of these policies in this video lesson.
5. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War
Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.
6. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention
The United States' best option was to stay out of World War I. They had nothing to gain from getting involved. So, they tried to stay neutral, but as American interests started to lean toward the Allied Powers, many events happened to give the States the final push to enter the war.
7. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry
As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.
8. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations
In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.
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