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U.S. History Since 1865: U.S. Imperialism: Spanish American War – Part 1

U.S. History Since 1865: U.S. Imperialism: Spanish American War – Part 1

you are watching DHTV from California
State University to Vegas goes okay in this particular segment we’re going to
take a look at the spanish-american war and we’re going to do it in two parts
last week we covered Labor’s involvement and attempting to correct the injustice
of capitalist greed I monopolization at the turn of the century and today we’re
going to take a look at the notion of US imperialism and we’re going to take a
look at the spanish-american war part one so one of the things that’s most
important to understand is that when we look at United States economic expansion
in the twentieth century historians concur that foreign policy is rooted in
what is known as Economic Opportunity civil liberty social darwinism and
Christian spirituality indeed when we understand the motivating ideas of US
imperialism they are summarily incorporated in the
notion of National Honor commerce racial superiority and this notion called
altruism so when we study US government foreign policy services let’s appreciate
and understand that the United States based multinational corporations of
which we depend our livelihood on they do not venture into the world naked and
exposed but they go with the assistance and the protection of the American
government so let’s understand something about the
government foreign policy services there is an economic historian named Gabriel
Kolko and he states that in the aggregate in his research he found that
it is a fact that the final intended result of the whole course of the United
States foreign policy after the Civil War was to optimize the power and the
profit of American capitalism in the global economy striving for the
political military preconditions essential to
detainment of that end so when we talk about global corporations today global
corporations are vital to the u.s. economy the federal government must be
concerned with their stability the federal government must be concerned
with their profitability so you have to recognize that to undermine corporate
goals is to undermine the economy and it is this economy that allows the
government to maintain its legitimacy in the public’s view so the framework of
u.s. foreign policy is founded on the close cooperation between the government
and American businesses in its oversee and its overseas operations and this is
where war comes into existence so let’s recognize there is what is known as the
International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization these two
organizations are very important because they go around the world and they make
sure that US corporations can gain investment guarantee treaties that US
corporations are able to provide aid programs to any country that is wanting
to develop and most importantly they do it through manipulative means by either
if a country does not want to go along with the International Monetary Fund or
the World Trade Organization then they will cut off their foreign aid or they
manipulate their lending policies or they’ll do it through what are known as
tariff policies and this is known as the importance of the International Monetary
Fund in the World Trade Organization this is part of u.s. foreign policy
services and if that doesn’t work when the United States goes throughout all
throughout the world again with regards to global corporations these global
corporations are vital to the US economy so the federal government is concerned
with their stability and profitability so the federal government does not under
mind the goals because then it’ll undermine the economy of which we
survive in so again the framework of foreign policy is founded on the close
cooperation between government and American businesses and its overseas
operations so if a country does not like what the United States is doing then the
United States will go into that country and it will do some coercive actions it
will foster disruption through the CIA it will create internal subversion all
right it will outright assassinate foreign
leaders and if that doesn’t work then it will have sponsored direct military
intervention or war so it’s understood and it’s very important to recognize
these coercive actions now when we look at the history of the United States
overseas administration historians officially recognized that this overseas
administration begins in the 1890s in the last decade of the 19th century
because started in the 1880s and catching fire in the 1890s there
developed a religious revival an international political discourse it was
known as an imperialism of righteousness the world was divided between clean
civilised Christian nations versus despicable heathen cultures since the
United States experienced a 19th century history of free security in the world
and since there were no bodies of law nor police powers to enforce decisions
the world wars of the 1890s encouraged the United States to combine its
economic power with its military power and this combination required a new kind
of international power so historians kind of take a look at the overseas
administration and they question whether they kind of understand what was it a
break from the past many historians say well no it wasn’t a break from the
past because it was in one sense of continuation of this notion of manifest
destiny and when we take a look at 19th century United States a continental
expansion it is a continuation and some people don’t see it as a break for the
past but others see it that it was because in the 1890s there was a crisis
in capitalism and at that time there was this whole notion of lies affair
economics in the survival of the fittest on the market and they applied that to
society in the form of what was known as social Darwinism and most importantly in
the 1890s there was tremendous struggles in the American economically as well as
politically and socially there was the populist revolt there was
a grand unrest there was labor unrest so this combination of military power with
economic power required a new kind of international power and so the ripe as’
melon for the exercise of this power was the remaining Spanish Empire of the
colonial era so the United States in the 1890s is going to decide to challenge
the Spanish most Latin American nations were detached from what was happening in
the colonies of Spain so let’s take a look at some independence movements and
how the United States is going to be involved in those movements
there’s known as the Cuban Puerto Rican and Filipino independence movements
these were the last colonies of Spain Spain controlled Cuba controlled Puerto
Rico and controlled the Philippines so when we take a look at American
businesses Americans had investments in Cuba Puerto Rico Guam Hawaii and the
Philippines so in the textbooks it’s easy to see why historians label the war
with the Spanish as the spanish-american war yet Cubans Puerto Ricans and
Filipinos had been fighting for their independence from Spain for over 60
years Cubans Puerto Ricans and Filipinos were involved and their
it’s movements so when we look at the foreign policy events in the 1890s we
see that the war was commonly coined as the spanish-american war of 1898 but it
was actually three independence movements that the United States is
going to interfere with Cuba Puerto Rico and the Philippines were undergoing
revolutions to end colonialism to end slavery and they had been involved for
over 60 years against the Spanish and the Spanish colonial rule in fact Puerto
Ricans began their liberation with a grito that laddus on September 28 1868
now the result of this war which is identified in today’s history books as a
fight between the Spanish and the Americans was that the United States
would now control Cuba Puerto Rico Hawaii Guam and the Philippines
so in 1898 the United States officially began became an imperial power what
we’re going to do is we’re going to take a look and end this one session by
taking a look at what happened to Cuba and Puerto Rico and what happened to the
Cubans and the Puerto Ricans as a result of this war so let’s go to that film
clip that will in this particular session this part 130 million people
immigrated to the United States the tired huddled masses that made ellis
island a beacon you

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