Imperialism - Bully or Leader

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American Imperialism: World Leader or Bully
Directions: In the late 1800’s, America joined European powers in creating an overseas empire. This is called imperialism –
when powerful nations exert their control over foreign territories. Listed below are 10 key events from this era of America
building an overseas empire. Research the 10 events and determine whether America was acting as a world leader by
promoting good, or as a bully pushing smaller states around in America’s best interest. Then provide evidence as to why.
Events
US Purchases
Alaska
The US Takes
Hawaii
Spanish American
War
Foraker act
Platt Amendment
PhilippineAmerican War
Open Door Notes
Gentleman’s
Agreement of 1907
Panama Canal
Roosevelt
Corollary
Year
World Leader
or Bully
Evidence
Part 2
After completing the chart, determine whether America acted more like a World Leader or a World Bully during the Age of
Imperialism. In a short persuasive essay, explain your choice with evidence from history.
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Directions: In the late 1800's America joined European powers in creating an overseas empire. This is called imperialism when powerful nat_ions exert their control over foreign territories. Listed below are 10 key events in the building of
America's overseas empire.
Use Ch 18 (p. 546-571) of your Americans textbook to analyze these 10 events and detennine whether America was acting
as a world leader by promoting good or as a bully pushing smaller states around in America's best interest. Then provide
evidence as to why
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