At the following Link, view the PBS Documentary “Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War” http://www.pbs.org/crucible/
A transcript of the episode can be found at the following site:
You are also required to read the following primary documents:
http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1898beveridge.asp (Links to an external site.) Albert Beveridge: “The March of the Flag, 1898”
http://www.unz.org/Pub/NorthAmericanRev-1899jan-00001 (Links to an external site.) Andrew Carnegie, “Americanism versus Imperialism, 1899”
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/58/ (Links to an external site.) Excerpts from Letters from African American Soldiers fighting in the Philippines
Answer the following study questions in a 600-word-minimum essay, quoting the documentary film, YOUR TEXT BOOK, and your three primary sources from above at least once each in the essay to help support your conclusions. Make sure you provide parenthetical citations of your sources after all quoted materials. Do not answer in bullet points or in a numbered list. I want this composed as an essay. At the end of your essay you must post a study question of your own for your fellow students to consider and answer in their response posts.
1. Give FULL identification of the documentary film and the primary documents : When were they written and/or produced? by whom? where? why? who were the intended audiences? (Review the powerpoint on Vetting Your Sources)
2. What were the various reasons portrayed in the film as to why Americans favored America’s entrance into the Imperial Age? Who opposed America’s foray into Imperialism and why?
3. What role did world events, i.e., actions and/or inactions of the Empires of Europe, have on America’s entrance into war with Spain? How was America’s involvement in Cuba both similar and different than our involvement in the Philippines?
4. What have you learned about the Spanish American War and the Philippine “Insurgency” that you did not know before? How might American history have been different had the events of the Philippine American War been recognized and studied rather than hidden, denied and revised? Explain your answer.