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U.S. Imperialism

Summary: The philosophy behind United States imperialism can be explained through Rudyard Kipling's writings about the "white man's burden." Anti-imperalistic thought found hypocrisy in a nation founded on the principles of freedom from another country then going about subjugating other countries.
At the turn of the Twentieth century, the western frontier was gone. According to Turner's Frontier thesis, the root of American strife was the vanishing frontier. To quench America's ever-thirsting desire for land, the government began looking to other places. While we conquered small lands in the Pacific and Latin America, a stirring of dissent grew among some of the American people. It posed a difficult question: could a nation who held liberty and self-government as its top ideals rightfully take over other nations?

The Imperialist response to this question was if not wholly sincere very clever. A man named Rudyard Kipling was famous for assigning a name to the idea known as "White Man's Burden." It meant that it was the duty of the Anglo-Saxon race to teach the natives Christianity and impart white culture upon the savage non-white natives of conquered lands. The United States, for...

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