Expansionism and the united states 1890's?
i have to do a history project about expansionism and the united states in the 1890's. can anyone give me a good website to go to or something like that..any help would be appreciated
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The year of the Spanish American War is generally considered a watershed in the history of American diplomacy. 1898 marks the point at which the United States translated its growing industrial might into military and political power on the global stage. It marked the beginning of the American "imperial moment," a period that scholars have long struggled to explain. In many ways, U.S. diplomacy in Latin America and Asia after the war was driven by apostles of empire-Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, Congregationalist minister Josiah Strong, and Columbia University president John W. Burgess foremost among them-who urged Americans to pursue a "new manifest destiny" and spread the benefits of American Protestant culture overseas. But was this missionary spirit enough to explain the expansionist impulse in American foreign policy? During the 1940s, Samuel Flagg Bemis, one of the great historians of American diplomacy, wrote that such expansionism marked a "momentary fall from grace" by an otherwise peace-loving United States. Bemis argued that political and emotional strains of the Populist and Progressive movements contributed to the nature of U.S. diplomacy in the 1890s. The American rush to acquire colonies and dependencies resulted, in part, from the "psychic crisis" of these reform movements and a sense of middle-class insecurity engendered by the rapid economic and social transformations of the late nineteenth century.