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1994 AP US History DBQ

             As the United States grew in power, so did her ideas of expansion. The foreign powers were beginning to move out of their continents and seek land in other countries. The United States soon followed. Although from the late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century America's expansionism was a slight continuation of the past, it was also done with new ways and proved to also be a large departure from the past. It can be seen in the political, economic, and geographical aspects. As time passed and America developed, the United States began to move and look for new land elsewhere.
             From the late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century the United States political expansionism was a continuation of the past, but at the same time it was a departure. Secretary of State John Hay created the Open Door Policy. His note stated that all powers should announce in their spheres of influence that they would respect the Chinese and their traditions. The main reason for this was to create a market for American goods. This new foreign policy was new to American policy, for years ago the United States was against getting involved and tried to stay more isolated from foreign powers. A cartoon from the "American Diplomacy" shows America standing at China with an open door controlling international affairs. This was definitely a new age for America. America also departed from the past when it got involved with the "Boxer" Rebellion. The Boxers were a group of patriotic Chinese that wanted all foreign people out of China. They revolted violently and a multinational force, including Americans, was sent to put them down. This was a contradiction to America's policy of nonentanglement and noninvolvement. The putting down of the Boxer Rebellion was America's debut in Asian affairs. It allowed America to exert power with the foreign nations of the Western Hemisphere. The President also pushed America away from past expansion policies.

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