War for Empire - The Spanish American War, 1898
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Examine the definitions of patriotism and jingoism. Discuss the question: “is it possible to be too patriotic?”
Examine images from the late 19th century related to immigrants, European powers, Africans and African-Americans, Native Americans, and Asians and Asian-Americans. Students discuss how these images might affect American attitudes about the relationship between the United States and the world.
Spanish American War:
Activity #1: Discussion: Once we had taken continental US from Mexico and Native Americans, did we have no choice but to look overseas for further conquests?
Activity #2: Brief lecture on the course of the Spanish-American War
Activity #3: Review the ideas of the noble cause, economic threat, and military threat. Discuss which of these explain the Spanish-American War.
Additional Footage from the war
Activity #4: Inquiry—why did the US move from a fear of “entangling alliances” to outright imperialism?
Homework: Students read document on anti-imperialism. Students write a short summary of the Spanish-American War explaining its causes and effects.