American Heritage

"America as a World Power"

Overview

The role of the United States as an international military and political power in the 20th century was not simply a product of the dynamic growth of the American population and the Industrial Revolution. Near the end of the 19th century, Progressives argued that the United States had a duty to spread democracy around the world. The implementation of this ideology rejected the nation’s early foreign-policy approach, which held America as “the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. . . . The champion and vindicator only of her own.”

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Thomas H. Conner is the William P. Harris Professor in Military History at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Elizabethtown College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.