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What was the role of Social Darwinism in American imperialism? Are there implications of race underneath a belief in Social Darwinism?

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    Social Darwinism applied evolution's "survival of the fittest" erroneously to humans. Imperialists used this doctrine to justify their conquering of other people. Of course, race played a large role in the beliefs of social Darwinism.

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    Are there any specific examples of the belief in Social Darwinism in American imperialism? The only thing that comes to mind was the extermination/assimilation of natives, but that's more so European imperialism.

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