History is the process of understanding texts and their contexts. We learn about history through the documents and artifacts left by those who came before us. The historical essays in this course provide the opportunity to analyze a variety of primary source documents in order to engage with the context of key historical figures. This second essay takes us into the debate about American imperialism through the lens of Albert Beveridge’s speech, “March of the Flag” and the platform of the American Anti-Imperialism League.
- Review the following,
- Albert Beveridge and the American Anti-Imperialism League presentation (opens in a new window)
- The March of the Flag [DOWNLOAD]
- American Anti-Imperialist League, 1899 [DOWNLOAD]
- Respond to the following questions in a cohesive essay, with an introduction, a series of body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to use short, direct quotes from the documents to back up your ideas; avoid over-quoting.
- Summarize Beveridge’s arguments for American imperialism
- Summarize the American Anti-Imperialism League’s arguments against American imperialism.
- How does each position try to persuade people that their own position is both grounded in American heritage and the truly righteous position?
- Evaluate the arguments made by Beveridge and the American Anti-Imperialism League. Were there points made by either that especially resonated with you or that you disagreed with? If so, which ones, and why did you feel this way?
- 900-1,200 word paper
- Times New Roman, 12-point font and double spaced
- Cite course resources in proper APA formatting
- Communicate with clarity and coherence
- Minimal spelling, punctuation, and capitalization errors
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