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Was the United States justified in their imperialistic policies of the late 1800s and early 1900s?

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At the time, the U.S. felt that their imperialistic policies were justified.  Whether people today agree or disagree is another question.  But in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the U.S. felt it was necessary for several reasons. There were economic considerations.  Many felt that the United States economy could only grow if it gained new foreign markets and raw materials from foreign acquisitions.  Building up trade also meant having a strong navy to control the world’s sea lanes, which also meant having bases and fueling stations throughout the Pacific.   Another justification for imperialistic policies was the idea of that the U.S. held a special place in the world and that it was an obligation of the U.S. to spread its ideals to the rest of the world.  These were some of the justifications for U.S. imperialism in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

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In my opinion, those areas of the world that the U.S. dominated, would have been dominated by another imperialistic...

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