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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American imperialism unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- American imperialism in Asia and Latin America
- The Spanish-American War
- World War I
- The Treaty of Versailles
- The League of Nations
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.
9. The Five Motives of Imperialism
In this lesson, you will learn the definition of imperialism and explore the motives, including economic, political, and ideological motives, for spreading a nation's power and influence into new territories.
10. The Presidential Election of 1896
With an extremely high voter turnout, colorful candidates, a competitive third party, the presidential election of 1896 is one of the most interesting political contests in American history.
11. The Steel Strike of 1919
The Steel Strike of 1919 set in motion battles between labor and big business that continue today. In this lesson, you will learn about what caused the strike and its historical importance to labor laws in the United States.
12. Grover Cleveland: Facts, Accomplishments & Presidency
Grover Cleveland served society as a lawyer, mayor, and as the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. He is the only president in our history to serve two terms that were not consecutive. In this lesson, learn about his life and accomplishments.
13. James Garfield: Presidency, Accomplishments & Assassination
This lesson discusses the presidency and assassination of James Garfield. Learn more about the 20th president of the United States and his death after only four months in office, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
14. John D. Rockefeller: Biography, Facts & Timeline
John D. Rockefeller was the founder of the Standard Oil Company, and one of the greatest philanthropists in United States History. His actions as a businessman and industrialist set standards for government policies in the regulation of monopolies.
15. Klondike Gold Rush: Facts, History & Timeline
The Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1899 was the largest gold strike in Canadian history. It drew in over 100,000 miners and the Yukon River and Dawson City became synonymous with the strike.
16. Espionage Act of 1917: Definition & Summary
As America entered World War I, the Espionage Act of 1917 empowered the government to crush dissent and imprison outspoken pacifists. Learn about this act and test yourself with a quiz.
17. Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani: Quotes & Biography
In this lesson, you'll learn about Hawaii's last queen, Liliuokalani. First you'll learn about her early life and the reign. Then you'll learn how she was overthrown, and we'll go over some of her famous quotes.
18. What is a Literacy Test? - Definition, Example & Questions
A literacy test might not be what you think it is! In this lesson, you will learn how literacy tests have been used in American and global history to control who has the right to vote.
19. Cross of Gold Speech by William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold speech is often considered one of the most famous speeches in American political history. It was delivered at the 1896 Democratic National Convention.
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