What a prodigious growth this English race, especially the American branch of it, is having! How soon will it subdue and occupy all the wild parts of this continent and of the islands adjacent. No prophecy, however seemingly extravagant, as to future achievements in this way [is] likely to equal the reality.
~Rutherford B. Hayes
- What were the motivations for American Expansionism?
- Are the methods used to acquire new territories justified?
TEKS for Unit 4:
2A- identify the major characteristics that define an historical era;
2B- identify the major eras in U.S. history from 1877 to the present and describe their defining characteristics;
2C- apply absolute and relative chronology through the sequencing of significant individuals, events, and time periods; and
2D- explain the significance of the following years as turning points: 1898 (Spanish-American War), 1914-1918 (World War I), 1929
4A- explain why significant events, policies, and individuals such as the Spanish-American War, U.S. expansionism, Henry Cabot Lodge, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, Sanford B. Dole, and missionaries moved the United States into the position of a world power;
4B- evaluate American expansionism, including acquisitions such as Guam, Hawaii, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico;
12A- analyze the impact of physical and human geographic factors on the settlement of the Great Plains, the Klondike Gold Rush, the Panama Canal, and
12B- identify and explain reasons for changes in political boundaries such as those resulting from statehood and international conflicts.
15C- explain how foreign policies affected economic issues such as the the Open Door Policy, and Dollar Diplomacy;
15D- describe the economic effects of international military conflicts, including the Spanish-American War and World War I, on the United States;
19E- evaluate the pros and cons of U.S. participation in international organizations and treaties.