American Imperialism

American Imperialism
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  • American Imperialism is a policy aimed at extending the political, economic, and cultural control of the United States government over areas beyond its boundaries.
  • It can be accomplished in any number of ways; by military conquest, by treaty, by subsidization, by economic penetration through private companies.
  • Thomas Jefferson, in the 1790s, awaited the fall of the Spanish Empire "until our population can be sufficiently advanced to gain it from them piece by piece".
  • In turn, historian Sidney Lens notes that "the urge for expansion – at the expense of other peoples – goes back to the beginnings of the United States itself".
  • Yale historian Paul Kennedy put it, "From the time the first settlers arrived in Virginia from England and started moving westward, this was an imperial nation, a conquering nation.
  • Detailing George Washington's description of the early United States as an "infant empire".
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