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Lindsay Schuele Syllabus Imperialism


									Whimsical PEDLIGS!!!!!!


William Seward: Republican; Secretary of State; he purchased Danish West Indies, annexed Midway
Island, gained rights to build in Nicaragua and convinced Congress to annex Hawaii.

Napoleon III: (Napoleon’s nephew) sent French troops to occupy Mexico during the Civil War. The
Monroe Doctrine (Seward) forced the French to withdraw.

Josiah Strong, Our Country: Its Possible Future and Current Crisis: Reverend who said that Anglo-Saxons
were the “fittest to survive” and Protestants had a duty to spread Christianity (+ their other “superior”
benefits: medicine, sciences, and technology).

Alfred Thayer Mahan, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: argued that a strong navy aided in a
nation becoming a world power in securing foreign markets. US naval strategist used Mahan’s book to
persuade Congress to build new steel ships and acquisition overseas. By 1900 the US was the 3rd largest
navy in the world.

James Blaine: Harrison’s Secretary of State. Wanted to establish closer ties between the US + Southern
neighbors. Created Pan-American Conference for the main goal of lowering tariff rates but unified
western hemisphere.

Richard Olney: Cleveland’s Secretary of State, argued that the Monroe Doctrine applied to disputes
between Venezuela and Guiana (British) and that the US would use military force if necessary. From this
point on Britain would chose American friendship over hostilities.

George Dewey: Naval Commander; open fired upon Spanish in the Philippines, US overtook them.

Theodore Roosevelt: expansionist who wanted to show off the all-steel navy. Ordered Dewey’s attack.

Emilio Aguinaldo: Filipino nationalist leader who fought alongside the US who now lead guerrilla fighter
in a war against US control.

John Hay: China was falling under control of outside powers; To ensure that America still had access to
China’s trade, he sent a note stating that all nations should have Open Door trade with China (all can

George Goethals: army cornel, chief engineer of the canal

William Gorgas: army cornel, he and ^^ stopped the spread of yellow fever though mosquitoes.

William Howard Taft: Roosevelt’s successor (1909-1913) had a mildly expansionist policy but not to the
extent of Roosevelt. Depended more on investors $$ than Naval battleships. Tried to promote Us trade
by supporting American enterprises abroad.

Henry Cabot Lodge: Sen. from Mass. responsible for another act that alienated Latin America & Japan.
Woodrow Wilson: Campaigned for Pres in 1912, Democrat; called for New Freedom and promised
moral approach to foreign affairs. Opposed imperialism.

Victoriano Huerta: Mexican dictator that took over in 1913 y arranging to assassinate the democratically
elected pres.

Pancho Villa: led raids across US-Mexican border and murdered people in TX and NM.

Venustiano Carranza: replaced Huerta, was a more democratic regime. His gov. was challenged almost

John J Pershing: general sent after Villa.


Venezuela Boundary Dispute: US argued the Monroe Doctrine applied, Britain backed off which aided
their friendship with the US.

Valeriano Weyler: Spain sent Weyler and 100,000+ troops to suppress a revolt by Cubans (sabotage
and ruining crops…intended to persuade Spanish to leave or involve the US)

Spanish-American War: America wanted Caribbean lands, used Monroe Doctrine against Spain to get
those lands.

De Lome Letter: Letter that was written by the Spanish minister, was highly critical of McKinley and was
leaked to New York Press. Taken as a insult against US national honor and caused outrage.

Maine: Less than a week after ^^,a US battleship anchored in Cuba exploded, killing 260 Americans.
Yellow Press said the Spanish blew up the ship but it was probably just an accident.

Boxer Rebellion: the Society of Harmonious Fists; society of Chinese nationalists who attacked foreign
settlements and murdered Christian Missionaries.

Russo-Japanese War: rivalry between imperial Russia and Japan (1904-05), Japan was winning.
Roosevelt arranged a diplomatic meeting between reps of the nations in NH. Although both agreed to
the Treaty of Portsmouth, Japanese nationalist blamed US for not giving them all they wanted from

Mexican Civil War: tested moral diplomacy. Wanted democracy there so Wilson refused to recognize
the military dictator General Victoriano Huerta.

Tampico Incident: first US dispute to be settled through joint mediation. Wilson had sent a blockade to
Vera Cruz to avoid revolutionary action. 1914, American men are arrested and released but Huerta
refused to apologize. War was expected but averted.

Teller Amendment: Congress’s response to Presidents message about intervening in Cuba. War was
authorized on April 20h, and the Teller Amendment declared that the US had no intentions to overtake
Cuba and that they would run their own gov. once peace was restored.

 Platt Amendment (1901): required Cuba to agree… not to sign a treaty with a foreign power that would
hinder their independence, don’t build up the public debt, allow the US to intervene in Cuba’s affairs to
keep the peace, allow US to keep naval bases in Cuba including Guantanamo Bay.

Hay-Pauncefote Treaty (1901): allowed US to build a canal through Central America (there was a prior
treaty in 1850 that stated any canal in C.A. was to be under joint British-US control.)

 Treaty of Portsmouth: US stepping in to end war between Russia and Japan. Japan complained that
they didn’t get everything they wanted from Russia.

Root-Takahira Agreement (1908): Agreement between US Sec. of State and Japanese ambassador
pledging mutual respect for each nations Pacific possessions and support for the Open Door Policy in

Algeciras Conference: in Spain, settle conflict between France and Germany over Morocco. (Pres.

Jones Act (1916): Philippines; granted full territorial status to the country, guaranteed a bill of rights and
universal male suffrage to Filipino citizens, and promised Philippine independence once a stable gov.
was created.



“New Imperialism”: increased foreign involvement because of growing markets for agriculture and
industries, sources of raw materials. Hoped to use diplomacy, not military.

International Darwinism: Idea that survival of the fittest applied to nations as well as businesses. US
had to be the strongest with regards to religion, military, and politics. The way to prove the nations
strength was to expand overseas (also, Manifest Destiny)

Jingoism: intense form of nationalism asking for very aggressive foreign policy.

Anti-Imperialist League: Led by William Jennings Bryan, opposed further expansion in Pacific.

Spheres of Influence: Other Nations, such as Russia, GB, France, and Germany, could dominate trade
and investments within a port or region in China and could shut out competitors.

Open Door Policy: ^^^all nations would have equal trading privileges in China.

Xenophobia: hatred of fear of foreigners
Big Stick Policy: Roosevelt; aggressive foreign policy, bold and decisive actions to make the US a world
power. Critics didn’t agree with the fact that they were stepping into global politics.

“Gentlemen’s Agreement”: Tension between Japan and US were over segregation of Japanese children
in cali. Roosevelt organized and informal understanding (Gentlemen’s agreement). Japan would restrict
emigration of Japanese workers US would persuade CA to repeal discriminatory laws.

Dollar Diplomacy: Taft, promoting US trade and supporting US enterprises abroad. Thought it would
create more stability in those places around the world. Thwarted by anti-imperialists in US and around
the world.

New Freedom: against imperialism, use a moral approach to foreign affairs.

Moral Diplomacy: tried to right past wrongs. Philippines: won passage of Jones Act (1916). Puerto Rico:
1917 congress passed act that granted US citizenship and provided for limited self-government.
Panama Canal: 1914, persuaded congress to repeal act that let US ships get through canal without

Expeditionary Force: Pershing’s troops that were sent to chase Villa back to Mexico.


Mexico: The French occupied Mexico during the Civil War but the passage of the Monroe Doctrine and
threats of U.S. military action forced the French to withdraw.

Alaska Purchase (1867): Was debated over by Russia and Great Britain; Russia assumed control but it
became an economic burden to them. America purchased it for $7.2 million. Known as Seward’s Folly”
and Seward’s Icebox”.

Pan-American Conference (1889): permanent organization for international cooperation on trade and
other issues. (Western Hemisphere) mainly dealt with economic and political issues.

Cuba: Large American investment in Sugar, Spanish misruled them, Monroe Doctrine provided
justification for US to intervene.

 Yellow Journalism: promoted war fever, printed exaggerated and false accounts of Spanish atrocities in
Cuba. Gave Americans a false impression on the war as they tried to convince Congress + Pres. To

Rough Riders: Regiment of volunteer fighters lead by Roosevelt. Won a cavalry charge up San Juan Hill
in Cuba.

Hawaii; Liliuokalani: For years American citizens had been living in Hawaii but Cleveland refused the
annexation of Hawaii. In 1893, Americans aided in the overthrow of the Queen Liliuokalani. McKinley
annexed Hawaii in 1898 and it became the 50th state in 1959.
Puerto Rico; Guam: terms of the treaty of peace said that the us acquisitioned Puerto Rico and Guam in
the Pacific.

Philippine Annexation: got that in return for $20 mill to Spain. US wasn’t prepared to control this land.

Panama Canal: built 1904-1914. Many people died (mosquitoes spread yellow fever). In 1921 Congress
voted to pay Columbia $25million for its loss of Panama.

Roosevelt Corollary (1904): (addition to Monroe Doctrine) US would intervene whenever necessary.
Justified going to Haiti, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, giving the US poor relations with
all of Latin America.

San Domingo: caused Roosevelt to enforce ^^ European war ships were coming to force them to pay
debts, America stepped in.

Great White Fleet: a fleet of battleships were sent around the world to show our naval power. Made an
impression and were welcomed into Tokyo Bay, Japan.

Nicaragua: American intervened to protect US investments from their financial affairs in 1911. Marines
sent when civil war broke out in 1912, and stayed until 1933.

Lodge Corollary: 1912; stated non-European powers were excluded from owning territory in the
Western Hemisphere.

ABC Powers: Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. They offered to mediate the dispute between the US and


Insular Cases: series of Supreme Court Cases, decided that constitutional rights were NOT automatically
given to territories in US possession. The power to decide whether or not to grant those rights belonged
to Congress.

2.) a-The cartoonist is saying that Uncle Sam (America) and McKinley are looking at the rest of the world
as if they can just pick and chose which nations to take over. I agree that some people felt that the
President was just taking over land to take it over, but I disagree with the cartoonist on the basis that
America did not just cross oceans into territories without a cover, such as “helping the nation”, or saving
them by spreading western customs. I believe that the President and his people did abuse their power
through imperialism, but not to the extent portrayed in the cartoon.

b- This cartoon is showing how through imperialism brought people of all different races and ethnicities
under the American Flag. This is a representation of White Man’s Burden to help people who cannot
run a nation on their own. There was a debate over if these incompetent people should be granted
citizenship. This cartoon shows Uncle Sam, the white man, standing over the people from other nations
in a controlling manner, and on the globes there are American flags in all of the territories the US

c- Puerto Rico was finally granted local autonomy when, during the Spanish-American War, the US
gained control of it. Americans didn’t give them US citizenship right away but improved the living
conditions, triggering a population surge. Very high unemployment rates because of monopolies,
weather, and lack of wage labor. In 1917, Congress granted Puerto Rican citizenship, thus causing many
to move north for work. Because of citizenship and cheap airfare after WWII, many Puerto Ricans “kept
one foot in the United States and the other on their native island”. Although their lives were far better
in America, they were paid less than African Americans and 60% lived below the poverty line.

d- When the Philippines were taken under control by the Americans, they were resentful but were
promised democracy. Many went to Hawaii and worked for their stay on the sugar plantations. The
issue of intermarriage became sensitive and some states banned marriages between Asians and
Caucasians, those laws remained until 1948. Were not eligible for citizenship until 1946 and lacked
political leverage. The number of immigrants soared after WWII, and today more Asians are sent from
the Philippines than any other Asian nation.

                   3.)Dewey was a naval commander who led an attack into the harbor of Manila, a
                   fleet of 6, and overtook a fleet of 10 Spanish ships. Not a single American was lost in
                   the battle. Although Dewey overtook the Spanish fleet, he waited 12 days for
                   American reinforcements to come and capture Manila.

                   General Pershing was sent by President Wilson to pursue Villa into Mexico. Was in
                   northern Mexico for months without being able to capture Villa. In 1917, Wilson was
                   forced to withdraw Pershing’s troops because of US entry into WWI.

            Emilio Aguinaldo led the Filipino uprising against Spain. The US told him that if he got his
            people to fight with them against Spain, they would secure their independence but after the
            war, the US took control over the Philippines.
Liliuokalani was the Queen of Hawaii and intended to reinstate the monarchy. She felt
that the Hawaiins should be governing themselves, not be governed by a foreign
power. This enraged many white workers who happened to be Americans and casued
a revolt in 1893 that was assisted by American troops. Hawaii was annexed to
America in 1898.

      The Rough Riders were volunteer, many cowboys, ex-convicts, and were short
      on discipline. They were very strong fighters and helped attain victory in (near)
      Santiago. There was no discrimination against people of different races,
      religions, skin colors, ect. this group of good was created by Roosevelt, but led
      by another man for Roosevelt didn’t feel qualified to hold the position.

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