Age of American Imperialism During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, America decided to throw its hat in the ring for expansion. It pursued an aggressive policy of expansionism, extending its political and economic influence around the world. That era in the history of the United States is called the Age of American Imperialism. Many countries were continuing to set up colonies on islands currently occupied by barbarians, heathens, and cannibals. These countries believed that they had the god given right to take over their lives and force them into Christianity. After being commanded to give up all of their traditions and their way of life, they were put to work in factories for minimal wages and zero respect. America somehow saw this as a good thing and decided to take control of the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. The United States was selfish and thought that they and only they knew what was best for those countries. So because America was stronger than others it ran over their nations and reformed them to their own liking. This is how countries were formed and unformed, so does this mean that you can take a toy from your little brother just because you are bigger? Yes, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The United States made excuses for starting the war to justify their taking over of the little nations. But when you look back at it it seems like they were looking for a reason to go to war. The need for expansion was in their blood and they couldn’t look past the greed and see the lives of the people in the way of their conquest. In my opinion, the United States thought it was bigger and better than every other nation, even though it was still one of the youngest countries. America had grown selfish and conceited, it saw what it wanted and did whatever it took to get it from its rightful owners. They even broke their own treaty, the Monroe Doctrine, …
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