It was almost like imperialism just sort of came to America, the way events transpired. An empire reluctantly acquired, annexations made for lack of choice, a fight chosen for us. That was at least the spin in American government 1890-1899. But behind that surface were more powerful forces, ones that we shun, and embrace today. The 4th and final of our podcast series on the 1890’s. Picture is the US Oregon, the ship that helped destroy the Spanish fleet in Cuba.