Social Studies - 2018-19
VUS.9a - Foreign Policy in Latin America
The student will apply social science skills to understand the emerging role of the United States in world affairs during the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by
a) explaining changes in foreign policy of the United States toward Latin America and Asia and the growing influence of the United States, with emphasis on the impact of the Spanish-American War;
Unit Essential Questions
What forces shape US foreign policy?
How does democracy shape the American experience?
How has America changed over time?
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
As a result of the Spanish-American War, the United States was recognized as a world power.
o Puerto Rico was annexed by the United States.
o The United States asserted its right to intervene in Cuban affairs.
Panama Canal and the role of Theodore Roosevelt
o The United States encouraged Panama’s independence from Colombia.
o The parties negotiated a treaty to build the canal.
o Expanded the United States “police” presence in the Western Hemisphere that was established in the Monroe Doctrine
Asia and the Pacific
Hawaii: United States efforts to depose Hawaii’s monarchy; United States annexation of Hawaii
Philippines: Annexed after the Spanish-American War
Guam: Annexed after the Spanish-American War
Open Door Policy: Urged all foreigners in China to obey Chinese law, observe fair competition
Terms & Events
Spanish American War
Open Door Policy
William Howard Taft