Imperialism in the US
By Wyeth Milne
Throughout history, particularly in the late 1800’s, the US used imperialism as a means of gaining control in foreign countries. However, during the late 19th century, the United States abandoned its democratic ideals, while pursuing these foreign colonies and territories.
The US often times used force as a means of gaining access/control in other countries. They even went as far as instituting forced labor and slavery in some places.
Liberty & freedom in Nicaragua
In 1910, US forces landed in Nicaragua, they control the countries finances for the next thirty-eight years. By dictating how a country is to govern itself, what type of currency they must have, as well as the roles of the people, the US is disregarding their own beliefs on liberty and freedom.
During this imperialism time period, ‘Social Darwinism’, the theory that persons, groups, and “races” are subject to the same laws of natural selection as Charles Darwin had proposed for plants and animals in nature, allowed rich and powerful white men to dominate as well as treat those of a lower class or a different race, as though they were inferior. This carried over into America's pursuit of foreign territories. These hypocritical actions clearly violate our American democratic ideals.