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American imperialism

So, there are two related tasks that students will complete.  It’s important for students to follow the organizational instructions carefully. First, students will need to become familiar with the module readings.  The Kruger and Jacobson articles (found in the module) will help students identify some of the motivations that historians have attributed to turn-of-the-century imperialism.  The Kruger article discusses the broader interpretations that historians have assigned to better understand why Western nations engaged in imperialist endeavors—the economic, social, political, cultural, etc.  Students will select one of the interpretations—economic, social, political, cultural, etc—to account for American imperialism in places like Cuba, China, Hawaii, the Philippines, etc.  The Beveridge reading is a primary source that discusses how contemporaries understood American imperialism.  Also, the Aguinaldo article offers a critical contemporary review of American intentions in the Philippines.    The essay must begin with a formal introduction that presents a thesis statement.  In this case, the thesis will answer what you consider was the primary factor that motivated American imperialism.  The thesis statement can be one or two sentences.  It must make absolutely clear what the argument of the essay is.  The argument is essentially your answer to the above questions.  Then, the introduction will also identify the cartoon and discuss in a sentence or two how the image demonstrates your argument (what was the motivating factor behind American imperialism). After the introduction, in the first 2-4 body paragraphs, students will pick one of the historical interpretations to explain their response the following questions:Why did Americans engage in imperialism (1890-1914)? What pushed Americans to drop traditional isolationism and engage a more interventionist, imperialist foreign policy?The research on the topic has already been done, so just rely on the historians in the Kruger article to help formulate your argument.  But remember, to prove your argument you will need to draw on actual historical information.  The argument should be at the very center of the discussion in the body paragraphs, accompanied by relevant examples/evidence to prove your argument.  You must have evidence to prove your argument.  The essay should not be a series of claims or a general discussion of the history of imperialism.  You must convince the reader (me) that the factor identified and illustrated with evidence offers the most accurate explanation for why Americans engaged in imperialism.  So, for instance, “as demonstrated in Hobson’s works, imperialism was motivated by economic factors.  We see this in American imperialism in historical example 1, 2, and 3.”  Then you need to explain historical example 1, 2 and 3, and how exactly they match with the economic explanation.  Next, students have identified an argument and proved the argument with references to actual, factual historical evidence.  The last half of the essay (2-3 paragraphs) will identify a cartoon that comports with your thesis.  In other words, once you have discussed the factor that led to American imperialism (the argument in the first part of the essay), then discuss the contents/message of a cartoon that helps illustrate why your interpretation is in fact valid.  You must select 1 cartoon from the on-line sources listed below.  The cartoon must have an obvious connection to your argument that explains the reasoning/justification/interpretation of why Americans engaged in imperialism.  The analysis/discussion of the cartoon, in relation to the earlier thesis, fills the remaining 2-3 paragraphs.  So, for instance, if you argued in the first part of the essay that American imperialism was motivated by factor X, then the cartoon you select needs to show factor X, and then you explain the details of the cartoon and how they relate to factor X.  The cartoon must align, in a very obvious way, with the argument presented in the first part of the essay. The cartoon must come from the period 1890-1914.  You should consider the following topics in the second part of your essay:-How does the cartoon validate/justify/illustrate why your interpretation of American imperialism is historically accurate?-place the cartoon in the proper historical context.  That is, discuss what events are going on in American foreign policy that prompted the cartoonists to complete their work.  Background information should not dominate your essay, but you should show that you are informed with the historical events that led to the cartoon.-identify and explain the perspective(s) of the cartoonist.  Is the cartoonist drawing a cartoon in favor of or against imperialism?  What is the message the cartoonist is attempting to convey?-who was the artist?-where was the cartoon published?-why was the cartoon drawn?Use the following resources to identify your cartoon

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