In the early years of our country, our leaders had followed George Washington's advice and avoided "foreign entanglements." Instead, the young United States focused on growing bigger and stronger at home, and had little to do with world affairs.

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, however, this policy of isolationism began to change. The need for new markets for our manufactured and agricultural products, as well as the need for new sources of raw materials for our growing industries, led the U.S. to embark on a course of imperialism. By 1900, the U.S. had stepped onto the world stage and was recognized as a world power. We had acquired an empire and held territories in two oceans.

This project will examine both why and how this happened.


In Class Downloads Extra Credit
 Introduction to Imperialism (Do this first!)
1 New Interests and Expanding Boundaries
2 Should America Expand Beyond the Seas
3 America Becomes a World Power
4 America Becomes a World Power
5 A New Foreign Policy
6 Opinions of Imperialism
Imperialism Review
Option 1:

Option 2:

  • Complete the Age of Imperialism Summarizing Activity - due Tuesday, 1/6
  • Earn up to 21 Bonus Points to be added either to your grade for this project, your grade for the quiz for this Unit, or split between both...your choice!




The Age of Imperialism - Tuesday, 1/6

Imperialism Quiz Review