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1. foreign policy. Except for a brief interlude with Manifest Destiny in the 1840's, the country had been in a state of isolationism from the inception of independent government. Near the turn of the century, this policy changed to one of competitive interest in and foreign exchange with other countries. Industrial and mercantile expansion required new markets; the editorials and stories of the so-called "yellow press" sparked the interest of the people; religious missionaries spread their message to groups which expanded as rapidly as did modes of travel; as well as the acceptance (if somewhat altered) of the theory of Darwinism by the wealthy backers of government officials. Another cause of this policy shift was the mass colonization effort by the English, Germans, and Russia, and the American need for a superior navy. American factories and mills were producing far more than this country could consume, and foreign markets for export were desperately needed to sell off the excess.

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Overcrowding in major eastern cities drove America to push for expansion. To get people to move westward, free land was given to those who wanted it if they entered a race. Contestants then raced a specified distance and planted a flag where they wanted their land to be.

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Climate and agriculture.

Europeans, who burned in the sun, were not acclimated to the climate of the south, which otherwise was ideal for agriculture on a massive scale.

Africans, who were acclimated to hot and sunny climates, were imported for field labor, enabling a southern agriculture based economy.

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well it wasnt fueled by economic prosperity in the early 1890s

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The expansion of cotton plantation.

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