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American Imperialism

This quiz game is designed to test your knowledge of terms associated with American Imperialism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Manifest destinyPopular concept of the 19th century, that America was pre-determined to expand to the Pacific Ocean
Social DarwinismPopular concept of the 19th century, a belief the survival and success of particular nations made them superior and meant to dominate weaker nations
Missionary SpiritThe drive of Western nations to introduce Christianity to "less developed" peoples
Imperialism When a stronger nation seeks to dominate a weaker one in a political and economic manner.
Mexican CessionThe territory of the Southwestern United States purchased for 15 million dollars.
"Seward’s Folly"The purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.
Gadsden PurchaseSmall territory in the Southwestern US, bought with the purpose of extending a railroad to California
Spanish-American War1898 conflict that resulted in the US acquisition of the Philippines, and a protectorate in Cuba
JingoismAn extreme, aggressive patriotism, that may create a desire for war.
Yellow JournalismExaggerated, sensational or untrue newspaper articles that are intended to insight emotional responses in readers.
William Randolph Hearst19th Century newspaper publisher, stated "You furnish me the pictures and I’ll furnish the war"
The De Lome Letter A correspondence of the Spanish minister to the US that criticized president William McKinley
William McKinleyPresident of the United States 1897-1901
Theodore Roosevelt Leader of the "Rough Riders" during the Spanish-American war
The MaineA US battleship that sunk in the harbor at Havana, Cuba
Treaty of Paris (1898) Agreement which gave Cuba independence, and ceded Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States
Hawaiian IslandsAnnexed by the United States in 1898
Panama Canal Zone 6 Mile area connecting the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea
Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe DoctrineA statement of policy that the US could act as "an international police power" in Latin America
Platt AmendmentAddition to the Cuban constitution that allowed the US to approve all treaties, allowed US navel bases in Cuba and allowed US intervention in Cuban affairs

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