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Imperialists vs Anti-Imperialists 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 the Anti-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 and greedy capitalist 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 there first we had the Monroe Doctrine which expressed US 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
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