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3. Differences: Pro-Imperialism
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to examine another key difference for US foreign policy in this period, namely the growth in pro-imperialism domestically. Pro-imperialists cited economic opportunities, racial theories, competition with European empires, and the perception in the 1890s that the western frontier was “closed” to argue that Americans were destined to expand their culture and institutions to peoples around the globe.
In this course, Professor Jay Sexton (University of Missouri) explains the similarities and differences in attitudes about the US’s proper role in the world in the period 1865-98. We start by looking at the key continuities in US foreign policy for this period in comparison to earlier decades. After this, we'll turn to explain the key differences in this period which included: (i) the international and economic context; (ii) pro-imperialism; and (iii) the politics of annexation. After this, we'll then turn to examine the role and arguments of the anti-imperialists.
Jay Sexton is the Rich and Nancy Kinder Chair of Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He is also a former Director of the Rothermere American Institute (RAI), a Distinguished Fellow of the RAI and an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He specialises in the political and economic history of the nineteenth century and has written a number of books including A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History, Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873, and The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America.
Cite this Lecture
Sexton, J. (2022, January 11). US History – Foreign Policy and the Debates Over Imperialism, 1865-98 - Differences: Pro-Imperialism [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-foreign-policy-and-debates-over-imperialism-1865-98/differences-pro-imperialism
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