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The Brief American Pageant , Sixth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Mel Piehl, Valparaiso University
Suggested Lecture Topics
Chapter 28
Developing The Chapter: Suggested Lecture Or Discussion Topics


  • Show how the United States after the Spanish-American War was increasingly acting like a "great power" in world affairs, especially in Asia, and how Roosevelt energetically promoted this involvement despite the traditional belief in American "isolationism."

    REFERENCES: Marilyn Young, The Rhetoric of Empire: America's China Policy, 1895-1901 (1968); Charles E. Neu, Troubled Encounter: The United States and Japan (1975).

  • Explain why the Philippine-American War was the most serious consequence of the Spanish-American War. Consider the disturbing questions it raised about America's new international involvements, especially imperial control of a distant, hostile people.

    REFERENCE: Richard E. Welsh, Response to Imperialism: The United States and the Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 (1975).

  • Examine Roosevelt's aggressive determination to build the Panama Canal in relation to America's growing international assertiveness, particularly in Latin America. Show how American involvement in the Panama coup and the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine aroused sharp Latin American opposition.

    REFERENCE: Richard H. Collin, Theodore Roosevelt's Caribbean: The Panama Canal, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Latin American Context (1990).

  • Discuss the role of Asian immigration and the fear of the "yellow peril" in shaping America's relations with East Asia in the early twentieth century.

    REFERENCE: Alexander DeConde, Ethnicity, Race, and American Foreign Policy (1992).



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