Becoming America When the United States of America was founded, it was only a union of a small number of states. By the beginning of the 20th century, the United States had become an empire; with states and territories and colonies that spanned the globe. As a result, the country began to not only reconsider its place in the world, but also its very name.
NPR logo

Becoming America

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/805240795/814959702" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Becoming America

Becoming America

Becoming America

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/805240795/814959702" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The United States and its territories that were annexed by 1900. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

toggle caption
Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

The United States and its territories that were annexed by 1900.

Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

When the United States of America was founded, it was only a union of a small number of states. By the beginning of the 20th century, the United States had become an empire; with states and territories and colonies that spanned the globe. As a result, the country began to not only reconsider its place in the world, but also its very name.


If you would like to read more on the topic, here's a list:


Subscribe to our show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One.

We love to hear from our listeners! Tweet at us @throughlineNPR, send us an email, or leave us a voicemail at (872) 588-8805.