L1: Western Expansion or Western Imperialism? American Foreign Policy Agenda Objective: To explore how the United States expanded westward during the 18th, 18th, and 20th centuries. To evaluate whether this growth constitutes expansion or imperialism. Schedule: “Growth of a Nation” Animated Map & T-Chart Discussion Homework: Consult Unit Schedule for Background Reading. Work on Civic Literacy Assignment.
Western Expansion or Western Imperialism? • Starting in the late 1700s and lasting through the mid 1900s, the United States expanded as a nation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. • The story of this expansion has largely been one of “manifest destiny”—the notion that America was destined to grow and expand as part of its “mission.” • But is this story accurate? Did the United States expand to the west, or did it imperialize to the west?
“The Growth of Nation” • Today we will discuss whether western growth constituted Western Expansion on Western Imperialism. • To do this we will first watch an animated map that shows how the United States expanded to the West between 1790 and about 1950. • http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html • As you watch you will take notes in the following T-Chart…
Discussion! • What story is being told? • What story is not being told? • Is America’s growth westward a story of Western Expansion or Western Imperialism?