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These resources demonstrate how the United States became an imperial power. Use these resources to help students understand the events and ideas that led to U.S. imperialism. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • Analyze the United States' motivations for expansion in the late 19th century. What do you think was the primary motivation?
  • What are some arguments for and against imperialism?
  • Would you consider yourself to be an imperialist? Why or why not?


  1. Overview: Imperialism
  2. Topic Center Overview: America as a World Power, 1890–1914
  3. Visuals: Imperialism (Visual)
  4. Outline: Outline
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Glossary Terms: Treaty of Kanagawa
  7. Facts & Figures: Territories and Date Acquired
  8. Reference Articles: Boxer Rebellion
  9. Reference Articles: creation of the U.S. empire
  10. Reference Articles: Hawaii annexation
  11. Reference Articles: United Fruit Company
  12. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: "Declined with thanks"
  13. Political, Government & Court Documents: American Anti-Imperialist League Platform (1899)
  14. Political, Government & Court Documents: Monroe Doctrine (1823)
  15. Newspapers & Magazines: Beveridge, Albert J.: "The March of the Flag" article (1898)

MLA Citation

"Imperialism." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153042?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153042

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