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During the 1880s and 1890s America underwent a dramatic change in foreign policy Except for a brief interlude with Manifest Destiny in the 1840s the country had been in a state of isolationism from the inception of independent government Near the turn of the century this policy changed to one of competitive interest in and foreign ex-change with other countries Industrial and mercantile expansion required new markets the editorials and stories of the so-called yellow press sparked the interest of the peo-ple religious missionaries spread their message to groups which expanded as rapidly as did modes of travel as well as the acceptance if somewhat altered of the theory of Dar-winism by the wealthy backers of government officials Another cause of this policy shift was the mass colonization effort by the English Germans and Russia and the American need for a superior navy American factories and mills were producing far more than this country could consume and foreign markets for export were desperately needed to sell off the excess This cry for new markets was partially heeded with the illegal acquisition of the Hawai-ian Islands by the American Navy Rich investors flocked to this new island paradise to market their products consisting mostly of wheat a foreign grain to the natives When these investors demanded statehood in order to reduce tariffs on the produce that they had invested in on Hawaii the current president Cleveland flatly denied them on the basis that it was immoral Hawaii was not the only non-American island in which the rich in-vested Much money was poured into the sugar cane and exotic fruits of Cuba as well At this time a startling development arose in Cuba The natives had decided to rebel against the highly oppressive Spanish government Wealthy news editors includ-ing William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer helped incite the public into a war frenzy by publishing somewhat untruthful stories about the atrocities the Spanish in-flicted upon the native
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