Chapter Twenty-Three: American Empire
In this lecture you will learn about the beginning of America's “age of empire,” as it came to be called later, the first attempts to extend American political and economic power, and cultural influence, beyond the continental United States, beyond the fulfilled expectations of Manifest Destiny, into the heady regions of global power and hegemony. You will learn the eleven reasons why the opponents of this project thought it was not a good idea, and the ten reasons why its supporters thought it was not just a good idea, but a necessary idea, a natural evolution of the growth of a great nation into a superpower. Both sides said they were on the right side of history. There things stood until a bold and energetic leader appeared to justify the extension of American power in the highest ideological terms. The country had a responsibility to do good in the world, he said, and was at the moment the only great power with the means to do so. Off the country went on this new adventure. This lecture is the story of how well it worked out. This file is 1 hr. 52 min. in length and 102 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.