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    "Every nation should be judged by the best it has been able to produce, not by the worst."

    - James Weldon Johnson


    Since the United States was first founded, the goal was to push westward. There were many reasons why Americans felt the need to expand. Some of these reasons included:

    • The need for cheaper land and more farming area as the east became more crowded.
    • The constant flow of new immigrants looking for a new start.
    • The idea that Americans should control the entire area from sea to sea.

    In the late 1800s, this goal to push westward was expressed as Manifest Destiny. In the previous lesson you examined Manifest Destiny. In this lesson, we will investigate how America continued to push westward beyond our physical borders and start to look overseas. First, you will learn about imperialism, taking over and controlling other countries, and its origins. Then, you will take a detailed look at areas where the United States has exercised imperialism. You will learn about the United States takeover of Hawaii and the war we fought with Spain to gain territory. Finally, we will see the impact of imperialism world-wide and how it helped cause World War I.  Explore the timeline from PBS to learn about some of the events that occurred during this time period.

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