Today, we look at American imperialism. Europeans weren't the only ones to want to extend their influence around the globe. The United States developed a sense of Manifest Destiny (stretching from sea to shining sea) early in our development. Once we accomplished that objective, what were we to do? In its search to become a legitimate world power, the United States exerts its authority over territories like Hawai'i, enters a war with the Spanish that winds up giving us territories like the Philippines, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, and extends our influence into Central and South America to build the Panama Canal. This section goes there. It's an interesting look at America flexing its muscles, and it has a HUGE effect on American actions in the 20th century.
Song of the day
Well, as I'm putting this page together, it's Thursday morning (I set these up a day ahead of time) and it's kind of cold and cloudy out. We've all been inside for a few days, and there's more to come. It makes me wish for a nice beach or lakefront to sit on and just watch life go by. Today's Song of the Day evokes memories of taking it easy, chilling out on a summer day, being by the water, and everything being alright. It's R&B great Otis Redding with his hit Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay.