Essay on Imperialism in America

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Imperialism in America

At the turn of the century, America and the views of its people were changing. Many different ideas were surfacing about issues that affected the country as a whole. The Republican Party, led by William McKinley, were concentrating on the expansion of the United States and looking to excel in power and commerce. The Democratic Party at this time was led by William Jennings Bryan, who was absorbed in a sponge of morality and was concerned with the rights of man. The nation’s self-interest was divided into different ideas between the two parties. At this time imperialism and anti-imperialism were the dominant topics regarding America’s destiny.

One argument backing U.S. imperialism is by naval
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In turn it was just easier and more accessible to the Chinese market if the U.S. had stake in the Philippines.

All of these articles demonstrate a very high self-interest and also somewhat aggressive outlook on U.S. imperialism. All three seem to agree that expansion equaled commerce, which in turn equaled power. The articles chiefly suggest that other nations would be privileged to have the U.S. control them. They all take basically the same ethnocentric view that the U.S. is best.

On the reverse was the anti-imperialistic argument. This argument was supported by Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan and the National Liberty Congress of Anti-Imperialists. Bryan was a very moral person and was concerned with the freedom of all men. He believed that expansion was wrong because the U.S. was trying to constitutionalize lands and people out of its jurisdiction. He felt that people’s rights were being sacrificed for cash flow. In reference to dealing with the Filipino problem, he proposed that the U.S. merely aid rather than control. The U.S. was able to help Cuba stabilize a government while protecting them with the Monroe Doctrine. Bryan felt that the same solution could have been asserted to the Philippines problem. The difference in the self interest of Anti-imperialists is that they are viewing it from the Filipinos point of view.

The annexation of the Philippines was justified by President William McKinley in 1898,
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