DBQ9: Imperialism


Under President Theodore Roosevelt, the United States expanded its influence over nations in the Caribbean and the rest of Latin America after the Spanish-American War.  In this cartoon, Roosevelt marches through the Caribbean while carrying a club, a reference to a West African proverb that was one of his favorite expressions: "Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

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a. What does the "big stick" symbolize?
b. Do you think this cartoonist approved of American imperialism?  Why or why not?


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