Curriculum

The American Imperialism Unit covers the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. The lessons approach historical inquiry from different angles. One asks students to consider contrasting newspaper accounts of the explosion of the Maine. A more elaborate inquiry lesson delves into the causes of the Spanish-American War.  In a third lesson, students examine pro- and anti-imperialism political cartoons from the period.  Finally, students analyze some of the atrocities that took place in the Philippines.






Image: 1899 Satire of Kipling's phrase "the white man's burden" shows the colonial powers being carried as the burden of their Philippine subjects. From the Wikimedia Commons.
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