Chapter 17: The Americas After Independence

Guiding Questions for the Chapter:


  1. What was the goal of the Monroe Doctrine?
  2. What were the economic causes of the Civil War in the U.S.?
  3. In what ways did the Civil War contribute to the industrialization of the U.S.?
  4. Why did Teddy Roosevelt push for the Panama Canal?
  5. How did Darwin and Freud change society in the U.S?


  1. In what ways were the governments of Canada and the U.S. similar? How were they different?

Latin America

  1. What problems were caused as a result of weak central governments in Latin American countries? What role did the Church play?
  2. Why were Latin American countries dependent on foreigners for investment?

Abolition of Slavery

  1. What economic factors kept the slave trade alive?

Immigration to the Americas

  1. What roles did the unskilled immigrants fill in North America? Latin America?

Relations Between NA and LA

  1. How was the relationship between the US and Latin America strained after the Spanish American War? Give examples.