The Question of an American Empire

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As it rose to being the new super power, America had a choice: conquer other nations like its European predecessors, or stay home. Using primary source documents from those thinking about American foreign policy in the late 1800s, individuals consider the impact of American imperialism on places such as Cuba and Hawaii. Resource includes curated primary sources and discussion prompts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use primary sources with included charts to build analysis skills
  • Hold a town hall discussion on imperialism
Classroom Considerations
  • First of four in "The Birth of an American Empire" unit
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Primary sources are well-edited and easy to use
  • Structure of lesson is simple and adaptable for a variety of classroom environments
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