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From Isolation to World Power Letter

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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


    Imagine you are a U.S. citizen living in a major city in the 1890s. Write a letter to the editor expressing your approval or disapproval of U.S. foreign policy. Include at least three well-developed paragraphs of five to seven sentences each. Use specific detail from the readings to support your point of view.


    You may argue for either side, even if you do not personally agree with the sentiments expressed by the authors.  That is, as a student of today, you may well find much of what was written in these documents to be racist and offensive. However, these were popular points of view during this period in history. Use your imagination to capture what you think an average American would have believed during this time.

    View the grading rubric below to guide your letter.


    Go to the next page to submit your letter.