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How does US imperialism and Manifest Destiny impact American workplaces today?

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In many ways, one can consider imperialism the forerunner of globalization. The original British settlement of North America was an example of imperialism in which Britain, an advanced industrial nation, used imperialism to obtain raw materials for manufacturing. When the United States became independent and developed its own industries and technologies, it began to exert its own imperialistic power to source raw materials and cheap labor from less developed countries.

This ability to project power and exploit cheaper labor and natural resources across the globe has led to a hollowing out of the employment sector, with low-skilled jobs being outsourced to low-wage countries and many extractive industries moving to countries with lower wages and fewer environmental regulations. This leads to an increasing economic disparity between the educated workforce needed by the skilled jobs remaining in the United States and the employment problems experienced by people without advanced education...

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