Imperialist vs. Anti-Imperialist Mind Poster Assignment

Imperialist vs. Anti-Imperialist Mind Poster Assignment
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The Spanish-American War marked the United States’ quest for imperialism. Would the United States become an imperialist nation? In this mind-poster assignment, students will analyze excerpts from primary source documents. These excerpts are linked to individuals who held anti-imperialist or imperialist viewpoints. By examining different perspectives, students will develop a deeper understanding of U.S. imperialism. Word and PDF files are available for your use.

Included in this resource are excerpts from ten primary source documents, mind-poster assignment directions, a break-down of points, and a mind-poster graphic organizer. Below is a list of excerpts from primary source documents students will analyze:

  1. Henry Cabot Lodge - excerpt from “The Business of World vs. the Politicians”
  2. Carl Schurz - excerpt from a speech to the New York Chamber of Commerce
  3. Josiah Strong – excerpt from Our Country
  4. Alfred T. Mahan – excerpt from “The United States Looking Outward”
  5. Theodore Roosevelt – excerpt from “Expansion and Peace”
  6. Emilio Aguinaldo – excerpt from “Letter to the American People”
  7. John L. Stevens – excerpt from dispatch to Secretary of State John W. Foster
  8. Queen Liluokalani – excerpt from Protest of the Queen
  9. Chinese Empress – excerpt from The Boxer Rebellion, A Political and Diplomatic Review
  10. John Hay – excerpt from “Update: U.S. Ambassadors”
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