Examples Of Social Darwinism In The White Man's Burden

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America’s role in the international arena during the 1900s is best captured in the poem by Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden” and had been clearly articulated in the speeches of Roosevelt and Beveridge. The American government believed that it is the American duty to interfere and be an influential power in the civilizing of nations that American’s perceived as unable to rule over themselves or as savages, illiterate, and the cause of chaos which ultimately affects the America’s vision of successful world commercial activities. However, it must be clarified that this goal is characterized by conflicted opinions within the American nation itself. Some believed that America should not interfere with the fate of other nations and argue for their…show more content…
It was at this time that the concept of Social Darwinism was happening on the ground, without a critique yet. Social Darwinism ensued in the seeming fact that America is a well developed country while most countries are still in the stage of barbarism, as in the example of the Philippines, which colonizers believed were simply lacking of human knowledge which made them capable of self rule. Thus this condition stated by Beveridge, which helped to determine whether America is “needed” by a nation or not. “If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pay its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States. ” (Beveridge,…show more content…
The savage nations, those who have not been blessed by a mentality of progress, and are weakened by their tendency to believe superstitions, should not be left on their own because they will simply introduce chaos to the growing order that the developed nations are introducing to the New World Order. The Spanish-American War was therefore an impetus for the United States to step up and expand its reach of influence to countries in the Pacific which will also improve its economic transactions with vast and rich countries like China and the rest of the Orient. This meant that they had to have influence in small nations like the Philippines and must step in the war insinuated by rebels in colonial
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