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Ch 44: Overview of American Imperialism & World War I

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Use the lessons in this chapter to reinforce what you know about American imperialism. The engaging videos can help you review the reasons for it, the tension between European powers, and how this led to nationalism.

Overview of American Imperialism & World War I - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, American imperialism and the beginning of WWI are outlined in a clear and easy-to-follow format. Just a few topics covered in the lessons include the causes of the Spanish-American War, characteristics of World War I, the U.S. intervention in WWI, and how the war changed after the U.S. involvement. When you complete this chapter, you could be able to:

  • Summarize the reasons for American imperialism
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the causes, goals, and results of the Spanish-American War
  • Describe American imperialism in Hawaii, China, and the Philippines
  • Explain the causes and effects of World War I
  • Identify the official position of the United States in World War I and describe their isolation
  • Analyze American involvement in WWI and how it changed the war

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6 Lessons in Chapter 44: Overview of American Imperialism & World War I
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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!

World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects

4. World War I: Causes, Characteristics & Effects

In this lesson, we will identify the causes, characteristics, and effects of World War I. We will highlight key figures, events, and developments that relate to these aspects of World War I.

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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