|The caption reads: "Ten thousand miles from tip to tip."|
- Why did America seek to build a world empire? To answer that question, my students read Albert Beveridge's speech, March of the Flag (1898). That speech is rich in jingoism, as seen in these examples:
- "Hawaii is ours; Porto (sic) Rico is to be ours; at the prayer of her people Cuba finally will be ours..."
- "We can not retreat from any soil where Providence has unfurled our banner; it is ours to save that soil for liberty and civilization."
- "We hold that the policy known as imperialism is hostile to liberty..."
- "We earnestly condemn the policy of the present national administration in the Philippines."
- "We propose to contribute to the defeat of any person or party that stands for the forcible subjugation of any people."
Here I gave my students twelve vocabulary terms (the complete list is below) and they used information from that site (click here and here) to create flash cards. As a whole class, we will have a competition to see who has the deepest (and fastest) knowledge of American diplomatic history during the late Gilded Era.------------------------------
List of Gilded Era Vocabulary: Chinese Exclusion Acts; Admiral Mahan; Hawaii; Yellow Journalism; Spanish-American War; Philippine-American War; Open Door notes; Platt Amendment; Roosevelt Corollary; Portsmouth Treaty; Dollar Diplomacy; Panama Canal