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Week 5- Empire or Republic and The Progressive Era

by: Asia Caldwell

Week 5- Empire or Republic and The Progressive Era 32763

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These are the lecture notes from Monday and Wednesday classes. Good luck studying!
History 1051
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Monday, February 8, 2016 Empire or Republic?  Imperialism­ a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.  History has the ability to repeat itself  The question of foreign policy wasn’t that big before, but by end of 19  century major  European powers took control of other nations   At this point, The USA had no interest in becoming an empire o Reason 1­ ideology, they believed everyone had freedom o Reason 2­ political  American foreign policy was anti­imperialism until the end of the century  The British empire colonized much of the world  Should the USA have colonies? o Manifest Destiny­ The USA should control from sea to sea (God expected them to control this piece of the world)  Maybe it is there manifest to spread across the world o Christian Duty­ The spreading the benefits of democratic capitalism and  Christianity to “backward peoples” o  Rudyard Kipling’s White Man’s Burden­ the duty of the white man to spread  power over others o Economy­ you can grow economy and spread it across, bring the crops to home  country to sell and make profit o Strategic­ steam­powered navy needed bases where its ships could replenish their  supplies of coal and water; they would want new coaling stations across the  nation o If Everyone else has colonies, then The USA should have colonies as well  Sandwich islands (Hawaii) 1875 USA had a sugar treaty­ we could import sugar, sugar  growing was at no extra cost o American plants moved to Hawaii o Island became under military control of the USA o 1898­ Hawaii becomes part of the USA  The War of 1898 o America wanted Cuba to gain their independence from Spain  USA had their eyes on Cuba for awhile  1895­ Cuban guerrilla warfare vs Spanish troops  Feb 15,1898­ Destruction of the warship Maine   No one knew what happened  The best guess is that it was an accident, but since no one took  blame American newspapers said who had done it o This is the era of yellow journalism (newspapers’  sensationalism as well as their intentional efforts to  manipulate public opinion)  Newspapers were cheap  Printed on yellow paper o McKinley was not convinced that we needed a war  He was a civil war veteran  He was not a killer  He modeled of self­sacrificing Christian gentleman o Theodor Roosevelt  Said McKinley had no back bone  Did not think highly of Spain  He wanted war o Reasons people wanted to fight  Liked to fight  To show that America was strong  Freedom for Cubans  o If we did fight, then Cuba would not be under the USA o Cuba agreed to all the terms America proposed o 28,000 American men, Spain 180,000 men  Service in the war were local and then whole unit went off to fight, which  represented piece of the USA not the nation  America went off to war celebrating,  o USA lost fewer than 400 men in action, others lost to disease  The navy did most of the job o Manila Bay in the Philippines­America captured and sunk all Spain warships  without damaging American ships  Now the USA has won a war  What happened? o Brought north and south together o Way of reconciling farmers with business o Both sides saw themselves as in it together o Nothing connects a community like having a common  enemy on the outside  This was a Splendid little war o We kept Guantanamo Bay­ for the navy  America Grows Overseas 1865­1903  Samos  Hawaii  Midway  Philippines  Wake Islands  Alaska  Puerto Rico  Panama Canal zone  Theodor Roosevelt o Youngest to become president o Had no interest in Philippines o As president, Theodore Roosevelt actively pursued an imperialist foreign policy,  confirming the United States’ new role as a world power  Open Door Policy­the policy of admitting people of all nationalities or ethnic groups to a  country upon equal terms, as for immigration.  Theodore Roosevelt articulated an extension of the Monroe Doctrine (the United States  might intervene in disputes between North and South America and other world powers)  Roosevelt helps with what becomes the Progressive era Wednesday, February 10, 2016 The Progressive Era  There is growth in technology, economy, and in individuals. o Growth in population by immigration th  19  century there was a big wave, then followed by a trend of nativism  Nativism­ a return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in  opposition to outside influences.  Ex) A sign saying no Irish allowed  People leave their land because: o Economic opportunity (USA offers more opportunity) o Political opportunity o Religious opportunity o War or conflict (maybe depression)  The Progressive Movement is one solution to uniting societies o 2  Solution: Regulation (government monitors if we can’t, trusting in the  government) o 1892­ Ellis Island opens up for immigration   At its peak it absorbed 5 thousand people a day  Immigrants become strangers; having no money, not speaking the language, having  no friends  Took whatever jobs were available  Found themselves alienated by the experience  Immigrants invent themselves, which allowed them to become new people  Ex) name changes that Americans can pronounce o There was a natural tendency to resent those who were different/ immigrants o Congress passed bill to restrict immigration for illiterate immigrants  Chinese Exclusion Act­ It was one of the most significant restrictions on  free immigration in US history, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese  laborers.   Ways around it was if you were family members o One response­ don’t do anything about it   Laisse­faire: let it be, leave it as it is  Anything government does will make it worst  Let survival of the fittest take place o Predestination­ God had determined everything in advance th  Late 19  century: maybe man can change nature o Progressives  Henry George: had an epiphany walking through Manhattan and it  occurred that property wasn’t valuable until you knew where it was  Location/land is valuable  Wanted to tax land value o Everyone could be happy o Religion  YMCA  Settlement homes­ an institution providing educational, recreational, and  other social services to the community  Jane Addams  Idea of helping others  Women’s Suffrage­ for the most part, women could not vote  Elizabeth king Stanton­argued for women voting  Wyoming­ The first state to allow women to vote  Would vote to help women and/or be against war  Progressive Movement did not go away after the Spanish­American War  Muckrakers­ were investigative journalists who thrived on exposing social ills and  corporate and political corruption  Triangle shirt waste­ On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in  New York City burned, killing 145 workers.  o the deaths were largely preventable–most of the victims died as a result of  neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building.  o The tragedy brought widespread attention to the dangerous sweatshop conditions  of factories, and led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that  better protected the safety of workers.  Jacob Riis­ exposed people to the conditions in his book, How The Other Half Lives o Meat packaging conditions  Theodore Roosevelt read the book and took action o Meat Inspection Act of 1906­ required inspection of meats destined for interstate  commerce and imposed sanitations standards in processing plants  Dark side to progressive era  Supported political reform  Theodor Roosevelt­ King of Progressive era o Great king plight o Titanic o Trusts or monopolies­ made illegal  Companies continued to monopolized


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