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​World Power and World War I: 1890-1918

U.S. History A
American Imperialism refers to the economic, military and cultural influence
of the United States in other countries. Industrialization, initiated the desire for
American businessmen to sell their goods to various international markets.
Additionally, the increasing influence of social Darwinism led to the belief
that the United States was “inherently responsible for bringing concepts such
as industry, democracy, and Christianity to less developed ‘savage’ societies.”
These attitudes and factors led to the “Age of American imperialism” in the
Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Germany, Austria, Korea and Japan.
But by early 1914, war broke out between the Allies and Central Powers. The
European front quickly became a war of empires, and the United States would
have to decide whether or not they would be involved and join the war.

1823 1903-1904 1914 1917

Monroe Doctrine US acquires Panama Canal WWI begins US enters the war Treaty of Versailles

1898 … 1898 1911 1915

Spanish-American War Annexation of Hawaii Dollar Diplomacy

Guiding Questions​:
1. What is colonialism? Expansionism? Imperialism?
2. How did constant intervention from the United States affect its
relationship with Latin America?
3. What role did racism and superior attitudes play America’s
expansionist tendencies prior to World War I?
4. Why did the United States become involved in the Great War?
5. What was the war like for soldiers who fought abroad and for their
families on the home front?
6. How does propaganda play a role in wartime and influence nations
and its people?
7. What new technologies emerged during the war?
8. What were the main points of the Treaty of Versailles? What were
the central issues with this treaty?

1. Come to class prepared, and ready to actively participate with an open mind!
2. Continue to keep our classroom a safe space. All students will respect the responses and questions
from their peers.
3. Students will be responsible for any in class assignments, readings, homework assignments and
the end of the unit assessment.
4. Reading Quiz​: There will be a reading quiz on ​March 1st. ​The quiz will be on your assigned
Imperialism reading. The quiz will be multiple choice, and there will be a short answer question
in regards to Imperialism. You may also bring your reading notes, (one-page). The quiz will be
worth 20 points.
5. Propaganda Poster​: After examining propaganda and its influence in WWI, you will be creating
your own propaganda poster. You will sketch an advertisement, flier or poster that would be used
to influence some form of international or national opinion for the war. After, you will be writing
a reflection that discusses and addresses the audience, as well as how your poster relates and
would draw support for the war.
6. Unit Test​: On ​March 15,​ you will have your unit test. The test will cover material from
Imperialism and World War I. All guiding questions, class activities, and homework readings are
fair game. There will be matching, multiple choice, short answer and paragraph responses.

Key Terms/People/Events​:
Isolationist Imperialism Nationalism Neutrality Dollar Diplomacy Fourteen Points
Self-Determination Reparations Versailles Treaty Propaganda Zimmerman Telegram
League of Nations Open Door Policy Theodore Roosevelt White Man’s Burden
Annexation Monroe Doctrine Woodrow Wilson Manifest Destiny

Class Schedule​:
2/24​: Imperialism/WWI Introduction​ ​GQ#1
~~​HW: ​Read pages 581-585
2/27​: Attitudes about Imperialism​ ​GQ#3
~~​HW:​ Read pages 586-590
2/28​:​ Latin American Perspectives during Imperialism​ ​GQ#2,3
~~​HW:​ Read pages 593-600
3/1​: Philippines and the White Man’s Burden ​GQ#3
~~​HW: ​Study for your reading quiz ​and​ ​post response to GQ #3 on Moodle
3/3​: WWI: why go to war with the world??? What role will the U.S. have? ​GQ# 4
**​Reading Quiz
~~​HW:​ Read pages 605-611, ​and​ ​post response to GQ #4 on Moodle
3/6​: WWI Propaganda ​GQ#6
~~HW: ​Create your own WWI propaganda poster
3/7​: Treaty of Versailles: Wilson’s 14 points ​GQ#8
~~HW: ​Read pages 617-621
3/8​:​ Effect/Legacy of the Great War & The Homefront ​GQ#5
~~HW: ​Go to ​
world-war-i-by-the-numbers​ …​ 3-2-1: On Moodle, post 3 things you learned, 2 things
that were surprising or interesting, and 1 question you still have.
3/13​: A Man-A Plan-A Canal ​GQ#2
~~HW: ​Read pages 611-616
3/14​:​ Conditions and Technology in WW1 ​GQ#5,7
~~HW: Study for Test
3/15:​ **Unit Test
~~HW: None! Have fun in D.C. if you are going! :) Snap a selfie next to the
WWI memorial if you see it!