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Imperialism – Broad Objectives
As a result of completing this unit, students will be able to...
describe the foreign policy known as expansionism or imperialism, and explain
what motivated the United States to adopt this policy in the nineteenth century.
identify Alfred T. Mahan, Matthew C. Perry, Millard Fillmore, Queen
Liliuokalani, Sanford B. Dole, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, William
McKinley, William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, Theodore Roosevelt,
George Dewey, Emilio Aguinaldo, Tsu Hsi, John Hay, Ferdinand de Lesseps,
William Howard Taft, and Adolfo Diaz.
locate and describe the historical significance of Edo Bay, Nagasaki, Hawaiian
Islands, Pearl Harbor, Cuba, Havana, Philippine Islands, Manila Bay, San Juan
hills, Kettle Hill, Santiago, Puerto Rico, Guam, China, Forbidden City, Beijing,
Panama, and Nicaragua.
describe Commodore Perry's objective in entering Edo Bay, the negotiations that
took place between him and the Japanese officials, and the result of these
explain how Americans gradually increased their influence over Hawaii's
economy and government in the nineteenth century.
describe the circumstances surrounding the explosion of the battleship Maine and
the American response to that event.
describe the results of the Spanish-American War, including the ensuing war in
the Philippines.
explain the "spheres of influence" that existed in nineteenth-century China, how
they affected United States trade in China, and how John Hay's Open Door policy
would have changed the economic situation there.
explain the causes and results of the Boxer Rebellion.
explain why a canal across the isthmus of Central America was strategically
important to the United States.
describe Teddy Roosevelt's role in completing the Panama Canal.
define the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.
navigate the Internet to find relevant historical resources.