US Expansionism: The Imperialist Urge in the 1890s by David Healy

By David Healy

Americans, in viewing the globe in 1897, observed a global of empires that have been dynamic and fast-growing. Western powers reminiscent of Germany, France, and especially nice Britain have been making colonial imperialism stylish, and the U.S., desirous to flex its muscle groups as an rising global strength, was once swept besides the ecu tide. twelve months later, the us had really confirmed itself as a contender within the worldwide online game, triumphant in a warfare with Spain and dedicated to imperialism.
    In US Expansionism, David Healy examines this short yet very important bankruptcy in American heritage. interpreting some of the highbrow, cultural, and financial forces that engendered and formed America’s imperialist force, Healy additionally illustrates the most important personalities concerned, together with the soon-to-be president, Theodore Roosevelt. a last component to the booklet examines the anti-imperialist competition encouraged by means of the recent coverage, and the resultant debates in regards to the right function of yank power.

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Believing that "the conquest of the North American continent by men of English race was unquestionably the most prodigious event in the political annals of mankind," Fiske looked to the time, already in sight, when the two great branches of that "race" should dominate the world. oSaxons would thus end major wars; their economic competition would force all other peoples to modernize and rationalize their own societies. Europe must eventually federate to survive, and as nationalism declined, free trade and international cooperation would take over.

Stead, had long been the prophet of such a fruition. " Years later, in 1902, Stead entitled a special supplement to his review The Americanization of the World. Seeing the United States emerging as the greatest of world powers, he argued that only by union with her could Great Britain retain a share, at least, of preeminence. Like Besant he revelled in the sheer size of the resulting empire, but he insisted further on its "provi- World of Empires 31 dential mission" to "secure peace to the world," preswnably by enforcing it on everyone else.

All of these prejudices were in play near the century's end. The feeling against the Indian, it is true, appeared less intense than before. Having gone down to final defeat, the Red Man ceased to be a threat; he even began to receive the sympathy of a few idealists. Chinese immigration ended with a federal ban in 1882, although those Chinese already in the United States continued to suffer from nativist hostility. It was thus the much larger groups of Negroes and recent immigrants from Europe who bore the brunt of prejudice in the 1890s.

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