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The use of conventions can not deter from the readability of tontine. Responses that are not in complete sentences or are unreadable may result in reduction of your grade. Document 1: What clues do you get from the political cartoon that tells you the topic of the cartoon? The topic of the cartoon is the Open Door Policy in China, which opened trade to all nations with China. The policy was proposed by the United States. Uncle Sam (represents the U.

S. A) is holding a key which ‘opened the door’ to China (The rod that is right above the door) is one clue from the Cartoon another clue is the people from other nations outside the door waiting to get into China. What is the cartoonist’s attitude about this topic? Based on the cartoon, the cartoonist may feel like the United is the hero in gaining access to China for all. Uncle Sam holds the key that opens the elaborate door and he is the tallest one out of all the nations, which symbolizes America’s success in the Open Door Policy.

The other nations have smile on their faces or approving looks on them which shows that the other nations like the idea of the Open Door Policy. Uncle Sam is also depicted with proud and satisfied characteristics. How did America use economic opportunities to influence control over other nations during Imperialism? Use a specific example in your answer. A great example of how America used economic opportunities to influence control over other nations was the Dollar Diplomacy. The Dollar Diplomacy is the use of a country’s financial power to extend its international influence.

And America did Just that. When Nicaragua went bankrupt from its rebellion the United States made a loan to them so they could pay off their debts. And when you lend someone money you would most likely expect hem to pay you back. America was paid back by the country they were helping , let the U. S have more influence in their nation. This strategy was also used to keep European powers out of the Caribbean and to strengthen the U. S relations in the Caribbean and elsewhere. How does America still do this today? Again, use a specific example. America still uses Dollar Diplomacy today.

An example would be when we donated money to Kenya after it suffered a drastic hurricane. Our nation is often the first to help other nations that are in trouble. Document 2: According to the chart, what were the most dramatic changes in Hawaiian population teens 1853 and 1920? According to the chart the most dramatic changes in Hawaiian population took place between the years 1878-1900. Want lea to tans change? The cause of the drop in Hawaiian population was the large amount of laborers sugar plantation owners imported from Japan, China, and Portugal.

Since % of Hawaii’s wealth was American-owned sugar plantations this makes sense. Document 3: Name and describe President Roosevelt foreign policy depicted in this image above. The policy being depicted in this cartoon is the presidents Big Stick Policy also known as Roosevelt Corollary. How do you know that this is the foreign policy being depicted? (What clues do you extract from the political cartoon? ) One knows that this is the policy being depicted because at the bottom of the cartoon it has the words “big stick” which is referring to the Big Stick Policy.

What was the impact of this policy? The Roosevelt Corollary basically allowed the U. S. To intervene whether there was a European threat or not. Consequently, the U. S. Has intervened/interfered in the affairs of Just about every country in Central America, South America, or the Caribbean since then. It made the U. S. A a true imperialist power. Document 4: Which country in the Caribbean Sea is a United States possession? In the Caribbean Sea the United States has possession over Puerco Rich. What is the current status of this country in 2013?

Puerco Ricans are now U. S citizens because of the Jones-Seafront Act passed in 1917. Essay Question- You are going to write an analytical essay that also uses information that you learned in the documents used above. This is called a document-based essay, or a “DB” Combine the information in these documents with the knowledge you learned in the unit to answer the essay question. Your essay must use both information from the documents AND outside information. When using info from the docs, make sure to cite them. (ex- Doc 1) Essay – This is an essay response.

In your essay you will need to have a thesis statement, cite multiple events Witt specials analogical evince Ana close Walt a conclusion Tanat analyzes the outcome. You should have at least THREE essential claims to support your thesis (three specific body paragraphs). Choose TWO of the following events that occurred during Imperialistic America: Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Annexation of Hawaii, Panama Canal. In your analytical essay you need to explain what occurred during this event, what caused the event, the outcome of the event, and how this event increased the Imperialistic attitude in America during this time.

Lastly, analyze the pros and cons of this action and whether the United States was right or wrong in engaging in the event. The Spanish-American War took place in 1898 and was the start of American Imperialism. This war was caused by a series of events. One was the use of yellow journalism in William Randolph Heart’s New York Journal and Joseph Pulitzer New York World. These two newspapers used yellow Journalism to depict General Valerian Wheeler’s acts in Cuba such as the concentration camps he created. This brought much sympathy amongst Americans and swayed them towards pro war.

Another event was the De Loom Letter in which Unripe Deputy De Loom, the Spanish minister, wrote to the United States. This letter was meant to be private but a Cuban rebel stole it and leaked it to the newspapers. In this letter Unripe criticized President William McKinley. The Spanish apologized but Americans were still upset at the insults made to their president in the letter. Another major event that caused the Spanish-American War was the explosion of the U. S. S Maine on February 15, 1898 in the harbor of Havana.

Americans blamed this tragic event on the Spanish, and combined with the other events, it made American want to get involved in the war. The United States declared war on April 20, 1898. During this war the Americans first attacked in the Philippines. Lead by commodore George Dewey, the United States opened fire to the Spanish fleet in Manila ultimately destroying every Spanish ship there which brought victory for the U. S. A. American reached Cuba in June of 1898. On July 1 17,000 army members and the Rough Riders fought the most famous battle in Cuba that took place near Santiago.

The first part of the battle took place near Kettle Hill where the Rough Riders and two African American Regiments dramatically marched uphill where the won. They then continued to San Juan Hill where they had another victory. The Treaty of Paris was created and signed on August 12. This ended the Spanish-American War. The Spanish-American War increased the Imperialistic attitude in America by allowing them to gain some more territory and by increasing their belief to help a place that is in need. In the Treaty of Paris Spain freed Cuba gave the U. S the islands of Guam and Puerco Rich and sold the Philippines to the U.

S for $20 million. Gaining these territories allowed the U. S to further American influence. The construction of the Panama Canal opened the U. S. A influence in trade. By the time Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States himself and a majority of American believed that they needed to build a canal that cut through Central American. Doing so would reduce the travel time and cost for commercial and military ships by allowing them to go through a shortcut between nee Atlantic Ana Paschal corners. I newer were to pitons to Dull a ten canal. nee was through Nicaragua because it posed little obstacles due to the fact that most of it crossed a large lake. The other was through Panama and this route was shorter but was filled with swamps and mountains which made the work load more difficult. The decision was Panama because in 1800 the French tried to do the same thing but after ten years they gave up. The French sold their left over route to the United States for $40 million. Even though the location for the canal was official the United States need o get approval from Columbia because they, at the time, ruled Panama.

The United States signed a treaty with Panama where they would pay Panama $10 million and an annual rent fee of $250,000 for an area called the Canal Zone. The construction of the canal began in 1904 and ended ten years later in 1914. In 1913 the Panama Canal was at its height in construction. More than 43,400 people were employed to work on the canal. Three quarters of the employees were Blacks from the British West Indies and some where even from Italy and Spain. During construction many workers died from diseases such as malaria and yellow fever and accidents.

By the end of construction a total of 5,600 workers died from these causes. The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914. It was the greatest engineering feat for the world. However, U. S relations with Latin countries were damaged even though the U. S gave Colombia $25 million in 1921 to compensate for the loss of their territory. Some pros of the Spanish-American war were that Cuba was set free from Spanish control and the United States was able to gain more territory. Some cons of the Spanish-American war included the fact that many rebelled against American rule such as the Philippines.

Some pros of the Panama Canal included the expanding of trade for all countries and ability to have a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Corners. Some cons of the Panama Canal were that our support of the Panama rebellion and the construction of the canal, slightly damaged our relations with Central America. I believe that both these are Justified. We went to war with Spain to help a nation in need and that is what we did. The construction of the Panama Canal is Justified because it was a benefit for all. All in all these two events helped out nation became what it is today, the most powerful nation in the world.

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