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In this EDSITEment lesson, Imperialism and the Open Door, from the curriclum unit Birth of an American Empire, students examine Secretary of State John Hay's notes to foreign powers involved in China written in 1899-1900. Secretary Hay called on those powers to respect the rights of each other, to agree to an open market and equal trading opportunities for merchants of all nationalities, and to respect the territorial and administrative integrity of China. The Open Door Notes were an important step in the process by which the United States emerged as a global power and developed a distinctive and expansive set of interests in East Asia. In this lesson, students will explore the impact of these notes on both America and foreign countries.
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