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I’m working on a History exercise and need support.Mod 3 Assignment: Debating American Imperialism, Then and Now33 unread replies.33 replies.This assignment explores the US expansion project under President McKinley. It is during this period in the 1890s and early 1900s that Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines came into US possession. The Philippines eventually gain their independence from the US in the 1940s, but the others are still official American states and territories. Puerto Rico’s relationship with the US is often debated (Links to an external site.) in Congress and in Puerto Rico today. Here (Links to an external site.) is something a little more recent from the Miami Herald regarding Puerto Rican statehood. Lastly, take a peak at this Truthout interview (Links to an external site.) with Puerto Rican pro-independence activist José López, brother of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera, who came to speak at DVC a few years ago.Assignment InstructionsStep 1: Skim and assess the primary sources below.Read President Grover Cleveland discussion of American business interests in Cuba in this excerpt (Links to an external site.) from the US State Dept. in 1896. At the time of writing, Cubans were in rebellion against the Spanish colonial government, and US businessmen and politicians were closely watching the war for Cuban independence unfolding. In this piece, Cleveland contributes to the debate over whether–and to what extent– the US should become involved. What interest does the US have in an independent Cuba? Read this excerptActions from Alfred Mahan’s 1890 The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, a book that influenced the development of the United States’ foreign policy. What does Mahan urge nations to undertake in this book excerpt? What does he say that government (and the navy) can do for a nation’s economy?Read the platform of the Anti-Imperialist LeagueActions. What story does this publication tell of the US war in the Philippines? For which reasons does this group protest US foreign policy in the Philippines and beyond? Read this protestActions by Hawaii’s Queen Lilioukalani against American political/economic and armed expansion in Hawaii, written to President William McKinley in 1893. What story does she tell about what has happened in her native country of Hawaii since the 1880s? Why does she protest this treaty signed in Washington DC about the future of the Kingdom of Hawaii? Read this 1899 poem (Links to an external site.), “The White Man’s Burden: The United States and The Philippine Islands”, by British writer Rudyard Kipling. He wrote this to help urge the US to help Europe ‘shoulder the burden’ of empire. This source requires a little bit of poetry analysis. Who does Kipling describe as “half-devil, half-child”? How does Kipling frame or characterize colonization and imperialism from the colonizers’ point of view?Analyze this political cartoon, “School Begins”, from a January 1899 Puck magazine issue. Step 2: Reply to PromptUsing this week’s sources, respond to the prompt below in a 200- to 300-word discussion post. No formal citations, but do reference details from our readings. Try to utilize as many of the sources as you can across your discussion posts. You don’t have to answer all the questions, just the ones that get you writing. Prompt: For what reasons did the US begin expanding beyond its mainland continental borders? How was this expansion justified by its supporters? Was support for imperialism/expansionism unanimous? What larger trends and changes do you see reflected in the debate over 1890s imperialism? Can we reasonably call the US a democratic republic during this period, or are you comfortable with the label of ’empire’? [A republic is a government in which power is held by the people and their elected representatives, denoting CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED (one of the most central of the American founding values). A republic also suggests a level of citizen equality (equality is another of the US founding values).] Optionally, what is your position on the US’s relationship to Puerto Rico, still a territory of the nation? Step 3: Reply to Three (3) PeersIn a short paragraph between 50 and 100 words, add further supporting details or respectfully disagree with the post’s author using evidence from this week’s readings.
Respond to as many peers as you like, but you must respond to at least three coursemates.
Requirements: 450

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