Bruce Cumings links U.S. westward expansion with overseas empire

November 22, 2010

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Members of the U.S. Army hold flags of all 53 states and territories.

At the end of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, U.S. territorial expansion went way beyond what we now call the lower 48 states. At one point or another, Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Amrican Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands were all under U.S. control.

Today we spend the hour with University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings. His 500-page tome, "Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power," connects the history of our Western expansion with our Pacific history and the rise of American military supremacy.