During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the United States built a solid empire and gradually transformed into an imperialist nation.Throughout this period of time, the U.S. grew into a zenith global power and ruthlessly dominated weaker nations economically, politically, culturally, and militarily.
As the American empire pursued new territory and pushed for foreign business markets, U.S. naval bases, and the spread of American culture and society, many countries began to feel occupied by the United States' relentless force.The U.S. intervention and annexation of Hawaii and the Philippine Islands in the 1890s is a prime example of America's persistent jingoist policies of aggression and force during America's generation of the new imperialism. On May 4, 1898, United States Congress introduced a joint resolution calling for the annexation of Hawaii.At the time, William Mckinley was President of the U.
S. and he supported and encouraged the taking over of Hawaii for economic and political expansion reasons.Mckinley and his administration vaguely argued that the annexation of Hawaii was necessary because it would not only provide security and order to Hawaiian inhabitants but that it would also reinstate the liberal constitution issued to Hawaii in 1887.This liberal constitution had been replaced by Queen Liliuokalani to give her extensive personal power.Did that make it right and essential for the U.
S. to intervene?Of course not; as a matter of fact, the Queen's new constitution was favored by the Hawaiian people and most of them did not want American annexation of their territory.The Hawaiian people should be able to determine how they are governed and ruled in their territory. However, it wasn't that way and in June of 1898, Congress passed the Hawaii annexation resolution and out of its control, Hawaii was another unfortunate territory occupied by the United States new .