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America as a World Power, 1890-1914
Guide: Foreign Policy of a World Power

These resources explain the policies and the events that impacted early U.S. foreign policy. Use these resources to help students evaluate different foreign policies and the reason for these policies. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Time Period Key Understandings

  • Labor unions developed as social and political movements
  • Rural and urban areas have distinct needs that shape political and economic concerns
  • Racial and ethnic groups have fought to obtain civil rights and liberties
  • Government accountability relies on a politically engaged populace
  • Society's idea of morality changes over time
  • A balance between public safety and economic growth is desirable
  • A nation's diplomatic powers rest in its ability to have a foreign presence
  • There are multiple factors that a nation must consider when deciding to go to war
  • The U.S. has gone through periods where it feels it is in its best interest to remain detached from certain global events
  • Negotiating a peace involves compromises and consensus and can extend well beyond the end of hostilities

Key Questions

  • What events and factors influenced early U.S. foreign policy?
  • What was the Roosevelt Corollary and how did it build upon the Monroe Doctrine?
  • In 1903, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt backed a Panamanian movement for independence from Colombia in exchange for exclusive treaty rights to the planned canal. Evaluate Roosevelt's decision to support the Panamanian revolt. What do you think was his motivation for supporting the revolt?

Resources

  1. Overview: Foreign Policy of a World Power
  2. Visuals: Foreign Policy of a World Power (Visual)
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Photos & Illustrations: Panama Canal: construction
  6. Reference Articles: Great White Fleet
  7. Reference Articles: Panama Canal
  8. Reference Articles: Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine
  9. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: Roosevelt, Theodore, "The First Spadeful"
  10. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: Roosevelt, Theodore, Colombian policy
  11. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: Roosevelt, Theodore, foreign policy cartoon
  12. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: Roosevelt, Theodore, Panama Canal policy

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