Annexed The Philippine Islands Case Study

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Should the U.S. have Annexed the Philippine Islands? The U.S. desire to expand and become an imperial power in the world, took effect. The U.S. had maintained its three beliefs. In time these beliefs fueled the desire, and the first would be acting as an individual by relying upon yourself for economic and military support. The next belief is nationalism, in which had Americans feeling optimistic and nationally powerful, and led to the fact that you as a country or not alone and play a threat to others, so you would have to prove yourself more powerful than others too. Social Darwinism is the resource for the next contextual belief. It had fueled one of the most rasist beliefs too, and it was Anglo Saxonism. The belief that Whites are above…show more content…
to be take part in movement at this time. The U.S. had shown its power in geography mostly by the control of other nations like the Philippines. "Maintenance of suitable naval stations, in those distant parts of the world to which the armed shipping must follow the peaceful vessels of commerce". (Ferraro,2010) This quote was a good description of the U.S.'s actions during the annexation of the Philippines, because it had shown once more, nationalism. The will to put yourself outside your boundaries and deal with success was powerful in the U.S. They had put their naval ships outside their realms and had their foot on other multiple countries at once, like the Philippines, Hawaii, and Spain. Force was the U.S. innate nature to success, and if forced, more pressure would be applied. All this force for trade goods, location of fuel and the ability to plot bases wherever…show more content…
It also shows how inaccurate the behavior and treatment was to the Philippines, people were almost clueless to the fact that the war over there was gruesome and the Philippines wanted their own independence, not the U.S.'s rule. No I do not think the U.S. should have annexed the Philippines. "No man is good enough to govern another man without that others consent." (Norton,1997) This quote was in good terms to go along the ideals of the U.S. decisions made towards the Philippines. It is very true what Abraham Lincoln said, that no man can control another, and doing so would compliment imperialism and anglo saxonism. Having the idea that you are and have more power than others, would lead to corruption and unfair treatment of others. Though the circumstances at the time were different, because the U.S. was not fully in governing power over the Philippines, and the choice to annex the islands was a great stand point in geographical terms. Then after, the U.S. will show its power as a national powerhouse, and that can easily sustain itself and deploy naval strikes all across the world. Many good choices were made by the United States, and annexing the Philippines was one of

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