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Ch 31: AEPA: American Imperialism

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Use this chapter to prepare for exam questions about the U.S. rising to international power between the time of the Spanish-American War and World War I. These lessons will help you prepare to answer related questions on the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam.

AEPA: American Imperialism - Chapter Summary

In your preparations for the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science test, complete this chapter to improve your understanding of the actions that increased America's international power prior to the events of World War I. This chapter uses a series of short, engaging lesson videos to explain events that define American Imperialism. After these videos you should be prepared for exam questions about:

  • American Imperialism and causes for the rise of power
  • Causes, goals and results of the Spanish-American War
  • U.S. foreign policy with China and the annexation of Hawaii and the Philippines
  • U.S. involvement in Caribbean and Central America
  • The official U.S. position with respect to belligerent nations during WWI
  • Effects of WWI on the U.S.

After you've completed these lessons, be sure to test your understanding of them by completing the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. These assessments will help you find the topics you didn't master so you can return to the lessons to fortify your mastery over them. Use video tags to go directly to these subjects in the lesson videos or read over the lesson transcripts for an alternative review.

AEPA: American Imperialism Objectives

The AEPA Middle Grades Social Science test is a computer-based certification exam composed of 150 multiple-choice questions used to assess potential educators knowledge of the social sciences. On test day you will be asked to complete these questions in a three-hour testing session. One-half of the material covered by this exam will fall under the domain of History and include some questions about American Imperialism. The objective of this chapter is to improve your understanding of the American rise to power so that you will be prepared for related questions on test day.

6 Lessons in Chapter 31: AEPA: American Imperialism
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American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power

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?

The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

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.

American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & 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!

American Imperialism in Latin America & the Caribbean

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.

The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

5. 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.

American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

6. 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.

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