Empire Building

The essays in this section have been written by leading scholars of American history. They provide additional depth on events and ideas referred to in the introductory essay and, in some cases, different interpretations by historians looking at the same events. These essays are particularly useful as informational texts to introduce your students to one of the most exciting aspects of studying history—understanding the past from a variety of perspectives.

West from Ha-Ta-Men Gate, Peking, 1901. (LC-USZ62-137101)

The Open Door Policy and the Boxer War: The US and China

Author: Warren I. Cohen Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:
United Fruit Company banana conveyors in New Orleans, LA, ca. 1910 (LC-D4-39636)

The United States and the Caribbean, 1877–1920

Author: Jason Colby Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

The War against Spain in the Philippines in 1898

Author: Richard Meixsel Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

Essays from Other Sub-Eras