The Panama Canal: Homeschool Assignment

Instructor: Megan Sarkisian
In this assignment, students explore American imperialism as it relates to the construction of the Panama Canal. Students examine both the American and Panamanian perspectives on the Canal and discuss whether it was ultimately a success.

Assignment Instructions for Students

The Panama Canal was constructed between 1904-1914 and is considered one of the United States' greatest engineering feats. However, the building of the canal was not without controversy - many believed that the U.S. used the canal as an excuse to be an imperial power in the area. In an essay, you will compare and contrast how Americans and Panamanians saw the canal. For this assignment, write one paragraph explaining how an American would view the Canal and one paragraph explaining how a Panamanian would view the Canal. Once you have written about each of these views, answer this question: Was the Panama Canal ultimately a success?

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