I’m tired of this myth that America is and has always been a paragon of freedom, a beacon of light, purely innocent and purely good in the world. Americans naturally object to the idea that their nation has historically been imperialist and continues to be so in the modern day.
Imperialism, in case you aren’t aware, is “he policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas; broadly : the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence”.  And yes, that makes pretty much any nation that has ever existed, imperialist. And that’s part of my point.
From the beginnings of U.S. history, settlers had their eyes on Indian territory, doing all they could to take it.  Once the nation was solidified, this became a slow march westward, which is now infamous. Yet we don’t ever really hear about the rest of America’s expansion, which happened to the north and south. This included the Mexican War, in which almost half of what was then Mexican territory became the American southwest.  And during the Spanish-American War, America began overseas territory acquisition.
Then we come to the myth of American isolationism during early global conflicts. While American people did not generally want to get involved, and our government avoided military conflict, we nevertheless extended our power and influence by covertly supporting our allies. Indeed, during the Russian Revolution we got involved as well, to save our own interests.  And of course, the Cold War. The very height of imperialism, in which we attempted to keep our control of the world against a just as imperialist enemy. America kept its control using…..
- ‘Repeat After Me: The United States Is Not an Imperialist Country – Oh, and Don’t Get Emotional About War’ (classroomconscious.wordpress.com)
- Don’t tell the Spaniards about that Death Star in my back yard (fiercelinguist.wordpress.com)
- Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: December 30, 2011 Reporting From: Santiago, Chile (capecoralblogger.wordpress.com)
- Concepcion Lagos, University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines (nugradconference2012.wordpress.com)
- Victor Ganata: OK, maybe I’ve had too much to drink. I am now educating white people about the Spabish-American War and why Filipinos are in this country, and why Puerto Ricans and Guamanians are technically American and why we care so much about Cuba (friendfeed.com)