What was the major factor that drove American imperialism?

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There was no single factor that drove American imperialism. Some Americans supported imperialism for economic reasons. Others favored it for philosophical, racial, or religious reasons. Others wanted to be competitive with the large imperial powers of Europe.

Overall, though, American imperialism was motivated by a sense of American exceptionalism. This was (and is) the belief that the United States is different from all other countries. According to this belief, the country has certain rights,...

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