2.2 discussion american valuse and the Contradiction of Imperialism

How did America deal with this contradiction of calling for freedom at home while imposing the burdens of colonialism in places like the Philippines?

In 1898, the U.S. found itself at war with Spain. Victory at the conclusion of the Spanish American War brought the United States a global empire – one that was welcomed by many in the country and decried by those recently freed from Spanish control. How did America deal with this contradiction of calling for freedom at home while imposing the burdens of colonialism in places like the Philippines? In your discussion, look at each side of the argument as summed up by Josiah Strong (Reading 116) and Emilio Aguinaldo (Reading 117).

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Railroad Construction as a Sign of Corporate America’s Growth

This lecture looks at how the development of railroads after the Civil War was a microcosm of American corporate development. The development of the infrastructure to support railroad construction would later be adopted by American corporations to develop their own industries. We will also look at how the federal government began regulating this industry to try to prevent corporate abuses that were already emerging.

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Unionism in 19th Century America

In this lecture, we will look briefly at the development of American labor unions at the end of the 19th century. In doing so, we will also look at how these labor unions faced challenges not only from corporations opposed to their activities, but how the federal government aided corporations in stopping strikes. Finally, we will discuss the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

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Imperial America: A Case Study of Hawaii

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Give Me Liberty (6th edition)
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Chapter 17
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