As president of the United States, Roosevelt would also be a proponent of America’s political dominance.
He expressed in his Annual Message to Congress (Doc.
F) in 1904 the responsibility of the United States to monitor and maintain the social and political stability of all nations in the Western Hemisphere.
He compared his nation to an international police force that would inevitably dominate the affairs of all Latin American nations.
Past expansion had involved annexing adjacent territory contiguous with the existing states that enabled the spread of American settlement; it was utilized for the spread of agriculture and the American population, and all acquired territory was intended to ultimately become states.
It was ultimately a pursuit of these self-serving interests that fueled American imperialism and catapulted the nation to a position of dominance.
The original doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which emerged in the 1840s to accompany westward continental expansion, advocated a belief that America was destined by God to expand its borders across the continent in order to spread the blessings of liberty. Beveridge explicates in his 1900 speech to 56th Congress (Doc.
E), this belief was equally influential in later imperial America; he expresses the Americans’ self-recognition as God’s chosen people, a race not only blessed, but bound by a holy duty to enlighten the rest of the world through their own expansion.
American Imperialism DBQBetween the period of the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, expansionism was a major part of the United States.
Since there were many advances in technology and knowledge of the world many different countries tried to expand there countries as much as possible.