An Introduction to U.S. History

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American Imperialism: Crash Course US History #28

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An Introduction to U.S. History

Since the United States' birth became official at the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. has stayed busy cultivating a rich, yet complex, tapestry of American history. Engaging in 123 wars and conflicts and sending 12 astronauts to the moon's surface among other feats, the U.S. is a historically rich tapestry of interwoven successes and failures. On soil originally owned and grown by Native Americans for hundreds of years, early American settlers couldn't possibly comprehend what the future of that land would someday hold. An enduring fight for civil rights. The assassination of two active presidents. Rebuilding a nation after September 11, 2001. These are the challenges, triumphs, and true stories of America.

On a mission to become the most powerful country in the world, the U.S. has not progressed without first making a few enemies along the way. America's history is as heroic as it is sordid, and its people have never been afraid of criticizing their leaders. Journey through time as this patriotic-packed playlist takes you down the road of U.S. history of back again.

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In which John Green teaches you about Imperialism. In the late 19th century, the great powers of Europe were running around the world obtaining colonial possessions, especially in Africa and Asia. The United States, which as a young country was especially suceptible to peer pressure, followed along and snapped up some colonies of its own. The US saw that Spain's hold on its empire was weak, and like some kind of expansionist predator, it jumped into the Cuban War for Independence and turned it into the Spanish-Cuban-Phillipino-American War, which usually just gets called the Spanish-American War. John will tell you how America turned this war into colonial possessions like Puerto Rico, The Philippines, and almost even got to keep Cuba. The US was busy in the Pacific as well, wresting control of Hawaii from the Hawaiians. All this and more in a globe-trotting, oppressing episode of Crash Course US History. Our Subbable Dooblydoo message today is from James Williams. He writes, "Gracie Mckenna, luck is, indeed, for suckers." You can support Crash Course directly by subscribing and pledging a monthly gift at You could even have your own message in the Dooblydoo. If you subscribed via Subbable when the service first launched, you may need to go back and resubscribe. Thanks for your support. Follow us! @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @crashcoursestan @raoulmeyer @thoughtbubbler

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