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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Reasons Against Expansion

SATUSH-HXOAYG

Why had the US not focused on expansion and imperialist action throughout much of the late 1800s?

A

The realization that engaging in expansion and imperialism was going to lead to foreign entanglements and require large military expenditures.

B

Business leaders and politicians felt that the financial rewards from overseas expansion were minimal.

C

It was seen as un-American and anti-democratic to take over other area and make their citizens American subjects.

D

There were far more important things for the US to focus on at home, such as Reconstruction and business growth.

E

Expansion overseas meant taking over non-white peoples, who were seen as inferior peoples and not as potential citizens.