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US History Essay Chapter 20 Nineteenth century and early twentieth century United States expansionism was in many ways a continuation of past expansionism Greed for land power and money motivated the expansions of the US Whenever the US annexed acquired bought or simply took more land it benefited them greatly The rewards being more farming land more powerand sometimes gold and riches However the actions US took to attain the land theythought they so desperately needed were barbaric and cruel in both instances During both periods of expansionism the US continued to disrespect people and take over where they were not welcome Before the twentieth century the United States gained new land close by The Indian Removal Act and the Louisiana Purchase are examples of the USs certainty to expand geographically as a nation However the actions of the US in the second expansion proved that the US was now more engaged in foreign affairs For example Albert J Beveridge said The Philippines are ours forever Doc E When the US forced themselves westward trying to get rid of the Indians they didnt care about the future of the Indians all they wanted was more land and more power By passing laws like the Homestead Act and Dawes Act of 1887 they tried to Americanize an entire culture The USs actions towards the Philippines is a similar case During the war with Spain the US tried to teach their culture American ways The feeling of dominance and thinking they were the superior race factored into the goal of influencing all the smaller races Without the help of the Anglo-Saxon race all other cultures and societies would fail They felt it was their dutyand responsibility to gain control and regulate them so they wouldnt destroy themselves All that this country desires is to see the neighboring countries stable orderly and prosperous DocF This is also true in the first expansion when the US tried to reform
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