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Ch 15: HiSET: American Imperialism (1890-1919)

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Learn about American imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Our video lessons prepare you to correctly answer questions on the HiSET Social Studies subtest about the reach of American influence on the world from 1890 to 1919.

HiSET: American Imperialism (1890-1919) - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter discuss American influence and power from the Spanish-American War through the end of World War I. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Examining American imperialism around the world
  • Causes and goals of the Spanish-American War
  • Factors that led to World War I
  • United States intervention in World War I
  • The Treaty of Versailles and creation of the League of Nations after World War I

Our lessons, taught by experts in their field, are less than 10 minutes long and break down complex subjects into easy to understand segments to help you grasp the materials. You may watch the videos as often as necessary or use video tags to skip directly to key ideas in each video. Take quizzes at the end of each lesson to assess for yourself how well you mastered the material.

Objectives of the HiSET: American Imperialism (1890-1919) Chapter

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam which consists of 5 subtests, including social studies. The social studies subtest is 70 minutes long and contains 50 multiple-choice questions. Questions are drawn from several subject areas including history, sociology, economics and geography and require you to apply reasoning skills to find the correct answer. The lesson quizzes and chapter exam found in our chapter on American imperialism will give you practice answering multiple-choice questions about subject matter you may see in the history portion of the actual HiSET social studies subtest. Questions on history make up about 38% of the subtest.

The test may be computer-based or administered by paper and pencil, depending on the jurisdiction in which you take the test.

5 Lessons in Chapter 15: HiSET: American Imperialism (1890-1919)
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The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

1. 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.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

2. 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

5. 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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