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For what reasons did people support imperialism?

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There were many different reasons that people supported imperialism. I have divided some of them into three categories: economic, ideological, and strategic.

Economic: Many (but not all, Andrew Carnegie was anti-imperialist) business leaders demanded that the United States government acquire secure markets for their manufactured goods. They feared that domestic markets would not be enough to sustain continued profits and national economic growth. So they sought to expand American influence to places like Asia, especially China. The desire to gain inexpensive raw materials for industry, as well as labor, was another factor.

Ideological: Americans of the preceding generations had...

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