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What are the negative effects of Imperialism in America?

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The starting point for American Imperialism is really post-Civil War, when America wanted to cement its national identity and slide onto the stage as a world power. The places it saw an opening were South and Central America, as well as the Pacific. The U.S. looked to show dominance in these regions.

1866 saw the U.S. Navy open Japan up for trade at the threat of total destruction from bombardment. In 1895, the U.S. annexed Hawaii. America soon took Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines from Spain during the Spanish American War in 1898. But, much to the disappointment of locals who thought the United States to be anti-imperialist due to its own history with the British, it did not liberate the people there. Instead, the United States continued to subjugate these people under American rule. The United States economy needed raw materials and labor in order to expand its abilities to export goods. Thus it continued to insert itself into the political affairs of a variety of Latin...

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