AP U.S. History Exam 1.39. How would an imperialist see the decision made by the United States in the excerpt?
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And the question:
How would an imperialist
see the decision made by the United States in the excerpt?
And here are your potential answers.
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All right, well the Spanish-American War
spurred all kinds of debate over America's
place in the world, especially in the Western Hemisphere.
Well, let's see which option an empire-building imperialist
would like to annex.
In regards to U.S. intervention in the Spanish-American War,
would imperialists have B -
opposed international involvement?
Well, imperialism is all about
extending a country's reach through territorial expansion,
so international involvement, even at the risk of American lives,
was essential in achieving that goal.
So that pushes out B and D.
Would U.S. intervention in Cuba have led imperialists
to C - support the fight against Spanish oppression?
Well, some people believed that the U.S. had a moral obligation
to liberate Cuba from its Spanish overlords,
but imperialists cared way more about gaining
territory than ridding the world of so-called oppressive regimes.
So it's not C, either.
Which means the imperialist response to U.S. intervention
in the Spanish-American War would've been A -
supporting the annexation of Cuba.
the purpose of the Spanish-American War was
strictly to annex new territories,
which they accomplished in spades with additions of
Cuba, the Phillipines, Guam, and Puerto Rico
to America's territorial portfolio.
So the answer is A.
For imperialists on the prowl,
this land was not your land; this land was their land.
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