American Imperialism Research Paper by hicaliber

American Imperialism
A discussion on American imperialism, focusing on Theodore Roosevelt.
# 94291 | 1,313 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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The paper first examines the components of Roosevelt's foreign policy, as build upon the Monroe Doctrine. The paper then looks at this policy in action, as seen in repeated interventions into sovereign countries, as well as during the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. The writer argues that these interventions led to considerable resentment in Latin American countries. The paper analyzes how there is a second side to Roosevelt's foreign policy, that of being a "good neighbor." By the 1920s, Roosevelt had moved away from colonizing as a superior power to one emphasizing commercial relations and the need for nations to act like good neighbors. The paper concludes that Roosevelt's "big stick" and "good neighbor" policies have had lasting effects on diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere, through World War II until the Cold War.


Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Tompkins, Ralph Brett. "Destiny of Expansion: Theodore Roosevelt's Address at the Dedication Ceremonies of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition-1903 Western Tour." retrieved from

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