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Anti-Imperialists and Imperialists

Original Caption: "Uncle Sam (to his new class in Civilization) Now, children, you've got to learn these lessons whether you want to or not! But just take a look at the class ahead of you, and remember that, in a little while, you will feel as glad to be here as they are!"

You may find out more about Puck, including its target audience at the Theodore Roosevelt Center, hosted by Dickinson State University.


Drawing on the primary sources indicated and the background information provided by the textbook, respond to the question below. You are welcome to approach the prompt by focusing on a specific theme or other aspect that allows you to more effectively compare the imperialist and anti-imperialist attitudes side-by-side. Note the wording of the question and frame your thesis to respond directly to it.


Consider the "anti-imperialist" article by Van Dyke featured this unit alongside the "pro-imperialist" perspectives of the above cartoon and excerpts of the speech delivered by Beveridge (also in this unit). Using these sources as your examples, to what extent did imperialists and anti-imperialists disagree?

References to information from the textbook must be cited as: (American Yawp, "[title of section]"), etc. (again, no quotations from the textbook). To cite the primary sources, indicate the author's last name and year of creation. For more, see relevant pages in Unit 2.

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