In segment 26 D flirting with imperialism
The United States messes around with the world wide imperialistic process.
In addition to the usual economic and social reasons for requiring an empire,
America was fighting for its manifest destiny in the Pacific and the Caribbean.
As the ancient Romans had done centuries earlier
America believed it was sharing a superior form of government and way of life with supposedly backwards people of places like Hawaii, Cuba and the Philippines.
These supposedly backward people however often fought back very hard against their would be civilisers
the bloody fight for the Philippines in itself did a lot to lead public back to the idea of isolationism.
Segment 26 B an American near tragedy
To this day the nation doesn't really agree on why the American Civil War took place.
Growing up in Wisconsin I was taught that we Northerners fought to rid the South of slavery,
my wife's teachers in Lawrenceburg Tennessee which provided both union and confederate soldiers presented it more as the Southern states defending their individual states rights.