Analysis Paper 1
By the turn of the century, Americans had completed their push to connect the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific yet seemed small in relation to the vast empires of European nations like Great Britain and France. In this vein, Americans began to debate whether their nation, a symbol of rebellion against empire, should expand beyond its territorial borders to create its own empire. Using the writings of several prominent American officials and the history written of the period describe the arguments for imperialism and those against the notion. Write about the logic of the arguments for or against imperialism and what it would mean for the nation in each document. Then write which side you think gives the best argument and the reasons you think so.
You will write an essay to answer these questions. Essays should be no shorter than 500 words and preferably no longer than 1,000 words. You may use class readings as well in your essays for further evidence. Your papers will be in MLA format with 1 inch margins, double-spaced, in 12 pt Times New Roman font and include citations for when using text from the sources. We will be using Chicago Style Citation for this paper, we will have a discussion on this during class. Please refer to the syllabus for information regarding what is plagiarism. Also attached at the bottom is a brief essay writing guide to help you with essay writing.