American Imperialism

  • 8th Grade Social Studies Study Guide

    Unit 6- American Imperialism


    Important People, Terms, and Places (know what it is and its significance)


    Social Darwinism

    Seward’s Folly

    Alfred T. Mahan

    Spheres of Influence

    Open Door Policy

    Boxer Rebellion

    Queen Liliuokalani

    William Randolph Hearst

    Joseph Pulitzer

    Yellow Journalism

    Rough Riders

    Admiral Dewey

    The Maine

    Filipino War for Independence

    Platt Amendment

    Foraker Act

    Emiliano Aguinaldo

    Panama Canal

    Roosevelt Corollary

    Dollar Diplomacy

    Theodore Roosevelt

    William Howard Taft


    Latin America



    The Spanish American War


    You should be able to write an essay discussing the following:


    What reasons did Americans have for supporting or opposing expansion overseas?


    What did President Roosevelt mean by the statement, "Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far?" Give at least two specific examples.


    Name three territories that the U.S. acquired during the Age of Imperialism and explain how each was acquired.


    How did the Spanish-American War change the role of the US in the world? Give at least two examples.


    What was Yellow Journalism and what role did it play in The Spanish American War?


    Important Dates to Remember


    1854 - Matthew Perry opens U.S. Trade with Japan

    1867 – U.S. Purchases Alaska

    1893 – Liliuokalani overthrown by powerful U.S. planters

    1898 – Hawaii annexed by U.S.

    1898 – Spanish American War

    1899 – Open Door Policy

    1901 – Platt Amendment

    1904 – Roosevelt Corollary

    1913 – Panama Canal opens