Imperialist vs Anti- Imperialist

The United States has had a long tradition of territorial expansion
across the continent so it is easy to understand why the notion of
imperialism was so easily accepted by such a large number of people. And
to back this imperialist sentiment we had things like the Monroe Doctrine,
the Manifest Destiny, Social Darwinism, overabundance of industrial
goods, and the military advantages of acquiring new territory. There were
others who felt much differently about the concept of imperialism. The
other group of people felt it was wrong so they formed theAnti-Imperialist
League. The Anti-Imperialist League fought and campaigned against
imperialism. And aiding the anti-imperialist sentiment were the struggles
for Cuban and Filipino independence, the true meaning of independence,
Whenever we felt the need to expand our boundaries and acquire
new territories we would purchase, negotiate, or conquer the desired land.
These were the methods we used to acquire territories like Florida,
Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, California, and Oregon, from England,
France, and Spain. Our imperialist ways are precisely the reason why we
own as much of the country as we do. I mean if we would have left it up to
England, France, or Spain they would still own the other half of our
country. But, our imperialist motives did not stop therefirst we had the
Monroe Doctrine, which expressed U.S. hostility towards Europeans
intervening in affairs occurring in our half of the hemisphere. Later an idea
called "Manifest Destiny" emerged this was the idea that since we were of
Anglo-Saxon decent we were superior and our industrial, political, and
military strength were proof of that superiority thus we carried the
responsibility to extend our rule and prosperity to the less-able people. The

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