This interactive PowerPoint and associated worksheet are an excellent introduction to the U.S. entrance into the imperial age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It identifies the political, religious, social, and economic causes for the U.S. (and other world powers) to expand during the era. Additionally, there are numerous cartoons at the end of the PowerPoint for analysis by students and as a class. Lastly, the Word document contains "The White Man's Burden" by Rudyard Kipling with corresponding questions to help students complete the poem. The poem can be done independently, cooperatively, or as a class depending on the needs of your students.