What was behind the U.S. drive to expand?

Should the United States have acquired an empire in the late 19th century?

Question Description

 

Should the United States have acquired an empire in the late 19th century? Write a paragraph from the perspective of an imperialist or an anti-imperialist. Consider these questions as you post your initial response:

  • What was behind the U.S. drive to expand?
  • How did European expansion affect U.S. imperialism?
  • What role did the concept of manifest destiny play in U.S. expansion globally?

History Matters. (2014). Manifest Destiny, Continued: McKinley Defends U.S. Imperialism.” American Social History Project. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5575/

Williams Jennings Bryan. (1900). Anti-Imperialism Speech. Retrieved from

http://www.history.com/topics/cornelius-vanderbilt…

Only needs to be a paragraph long with citations and references