The late nineteenth century was known as the “Age of Imperialism”. This was when the U.S. and other nations expanded their territory. Part of American Imperialism is based on American expectations. The belief that the U.
S. was different from other countries is because of our goal to persuade others to welcome liberty and democracy. One of the better known instances of U.S.
Imperialism was the annexation of Hawaii in 1898, this allowed America to take over all ports, harbors, buildings, military equipment, and public property that belonged to the Hawaiian government. American Imperialism refers to the military, cultural influence, and the economic impact that America had on many different countries. When the concept of an “American Empire” was made known, James K. Polk was in the middle of his term as President of the United States, which took place in the late 1800s. Throughout this time, American business men sought out different/new international markets to sell their items through, because of industrialization. Also, the growing importance of social Darwinism made people to start to believe that America was guilty for suggesting ideas such as industry and democracy to less developed communities.
The lethal combination of some of these attitudes and a few different factors led America in the direction of imperialism.A few different groups were against imperialism, claiming that it clashed with America’s fitting view of Republicans. An example is the American anti-imperialist league. They were an organization that was created on June 15, 1898. This group was introduced so that they could try and fight the U.
S. annexation of the Philippines, noting many reasons from the economic, to the legal, and to the racial moral. This particular league had also fought that the Spanish-American war was a war of Imperialism disguised as a war of salvation. They also believed that the takeover and control of third-world tropical areas meant that the falseness of American ideals of self-government and that segregation would finally be over.