America's Role In The Early Twentieth-Century

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The role of the United States during the early twentieth-century can be described as semi-engaged in the World affairs going on during this period. At this point in time the United States aimed to be as neutral in the war as possible, as proved by the statement made by the then President, Woodrow Wilson, “I am bitterly opposed to my country entering the war, but if, notwithstanding my opposition, we do enter it, all of my energy and all of my power will be behind our flag in carrying it on to victory” (Opposition to Wilson’s War Message George W. Norris). Instead, the desire to continue foreign trade rights for economic and political benefits took over along with other convincing reason, eventually leading to America’s involvement in the World …show more content…

“In 1898 the Spanish-American War ended Spanish control of the Philippines, but U.S. military forces continued to fight against Filipino rebels seeking full independence. In response, a group of famous Americans, including Carl Schurz, Mark Twain, and journalist E.L. Godkin, organized the Anti-Imperialist League to advocate an end to U.S. involvement in that country. The League’s opposition was based on its interpretation of U.S. history” (Carl Schurz, Platform of the American Anti-Imperialist League 1899). This war led to the nation administering the burden of babysitting the Filipinos, which caused debates between imperialist and anti-imperialists over whether or not we had the right to take such a role and govern these people without their approval. “When next I realized that the Philippines had dropped into our laps, I confess I did not know what to do with them” (William McKinley, “Decision on the Philippines” 1900). Clashes between the Philippines and Americans began to emerge around the twentieth-century due to the Filipino’s misconstrued hopes that they would be granted independence, leading to yet another avoidable war for then U.S.: the Philippine-American War. Therefore, in regards to the nation’s want for expansion as well as the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars of the twentieth-century, the United States should have taken a more laissez-faire role to have avoided unnecessary

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