A New Form of Expansion

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A New Form of Expansion

Before the start of the Spanish-American War of the late

nineteenth-century and World War I in the early twentieth century, the

United States had encouraged expansion as being a way of gaining

power. For example, the Frontier thesis, conveyed that it is through

the expansion of new lands that humanity would continue to progress.

Also the United States portrayed its impatience to expand through

Manifest Destiny: the desire to expand from sea to sea with the goal

to own and cultivate as much land as possible. However, as the late

nineteenth and early twentieth century appeared, America experienced a

change. It grew from an ambitious, power-seeking country, to the

beginnings as the wealthiest and a superpower. America, it seemed,

became a country that helped the world, not itself, through expansion.

Though the path of the United States' expansion was nonstop in its

plan for Manifest Destiny; through trade, foreign policy, and social

class evidence, it can be confirmed that in the late

nineteenth-century and early twentieth century, the "new world-power"

was looked upon as a dependent source to 3rd-world countries and the

United States' reason for its departure from its continual past of

expansionism, was to maintain order and promote individual country


To keep order, the United States misused their right to economical

power. Although the U.S hoped for logical foreign policy, they seemed

to abuse their economical power at the same time, by looking out for

the "growing production of the country" (Doc C) and it's promotions

that "enables a country to extend its influences outward" ( Doc C).

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hand, as the immigrants began to enter the American work force,

Roosevelt used his "Square Deal" to declare that he would use his

powers as a president to safeguard the rights of the workers.

Within America and throughout foreign countries, the efforts of

expansion by the United States proceeded to continue their old goal of

maintaining Manifest Destiny and expanding their economic power

globally. Yet, they began to form a new course of expansion which

leads to the support of world wide stability and order. Their way of

thinking for achieving this was not obtained by believing to become a

world superpower, yet brought upon the United States by the foreign

masses of underdeveloped countries, which relied on them for

political, economical, and social stability in the late nineteenth and

early twentieth century.
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