First Edition   ©2017

American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

A Brief History with Documents

Kristin L. Hoganson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-67705-7; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-67705-3; Format: Paper Text, 208 pages


Instructors
This volume introduces students to primary documents on American empire from a pivotal era of U.S. expansion beyond the North American continent in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Along with covering a wide range of places–including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines—the documents touch on a wide range of themes, among them race, citizenship, civilization, democracy, cross-cultural encounter, and self-determination. Kristin Hoganson’s introduction provides the context essential to understanding this period and the ways in which the echoes of 1898 still reverberate today, including in the reach of U.S. power and the composition of the American people. Through a collection of sources representing the voices of those living under imperial rule as well as those imposing and opposing it, students can consider the American imperial endeavors. Document headnotes, maps, a Chronology of American Empire in the Caribbean and the Pacific, Questions for Consideration, and a Selected Bibliography provide pedagogical support.
“The documents are impressively wide ranging, representing the voices of those living under imperial rule as well as those imposing and opposing it. The work allows students to explore ideas about race, gender, issues of identity and political power, and the growing economic strength of the United States in the world.”
-Anne L. Foster, Indiana State University