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Chapter 12: Imperialism
"Attacking Imperialism"

     In this chapter, you learned how the United States sought to increase its role on the world stage. A key step in that effort was acquiring new lands. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the U.S. government took control of various countries in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean regions. Many Americans applauded the nation's move. But others criticized it as an affront to the country's long-held belief in democracy and freedom. Go to the Internet to examine the humorous and satirical form some of this criticism took.

Destination Title: Political Cartoons and Cartoonists
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Directions Start at the Political Cartoons and Cartoonists Web site.
  • Click on the titles under Contents to view several of the cartoons and answer the following questions.
1. In the cartoon Uncle Sam — "Guess I'll Keep 'em!" what did the United States decide to keep?

2. What does the scene depicted in the cartoon Now, Will He Let Go? imply about the United States?

3. Who is carrying the burden in the cartoon White(?) Man's Burden?

4. Work with a classmate to create a political cartoon either supporting or criticizing U.S. imperialism.