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Aside from color, there was another early on segregation in society in America, which was the issue of Imperialism. Many people were for it, and some were against it; but there was no doubt that it was an issue for the people in the nation. One person who stood firmly behind Imperialism was an American by the name of Albert Beveridge. He believed that in his era, his race was supposed to conquer any & every thing that they desired. And he had let it be known whenever he’d speak. For example, one of his famous quotes are “We are a conquering race. We must obey our blood and occupy new markets and if necessary new lands.” Obviously, he felt that America was the strongest nation period. It’s in our blood, according to Albert Beveridge. Imperialism did cause a separation among society, but as stated before, color did as well.

During the 1890s, Blacks had never been more involved in Congress before. Imperialism was just that big of a deal. There were five black members at the top and they were able to participate in the debates that took place as well. They were able to voice their opinions and they were actually heard. They were also so smooth with their words, they were able to maneuver their speeches to another problem which was racism down in the South at the time. African Americans also were able to join the war and fight along side white folks in the Spanish War that took place in 1898. From the outside looking in, one would think that they would’ve been treated worse than the white soldiers, but surprisingly that wasn’t the case. Blacks and whites were all treated equally; which was poorly. In fact, most soldiers didn’t even die from combat but diseases that they had came down with. Nevertheless, Imperialism was and in some cases, is an American attribute that some support and some may say is rather Un- American. No matter where we all stand today, in the 1890s, American was a strong, wealthy, and powerful nation.

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Two defenders of American imperialism

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Behind the backs of the American people, and the with the support of both Obama and Romney, the United States is preparing new military interventions and wars of aggression.
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Historical Origin of American Imperialism

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Imperialism: America as a World Power – a mock debate between a pro Imperialist America and an anti Imperialist America in 1898 – by Michael M. Nakade (Please note that the debate below is taking place in the world of 1898. The context of America during that time is vastly different from that of 2009. Please do not judge the pro imperialist’s attitude, but please ‘understand’ that his attitude was a reflection of a larger society during that time.)

Pro Imperialist: Cuba is our neighbor. It is a stone’s throw away from the State of Florida. Is it right to ignore the plight of the people of Cuba? They have been fighting for their freedom and independence almost continuously since 1878. The Spanish Empire has committed many unspeakable acts on this island since the fighting began. Cuban refugees in South Florida can tell us firsthand how terrible it is to live under the yoke of Spanish rule. We, Americans, must help the Cubans so that they can enjoy their freedom.

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United States Imperialism Unleashed » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

United States Imperialism Unleashed » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | American Pro- Imperialism Info | Scoop.it
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Political Cartoon on American Pro- Imperialism

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More new, but the message is still the same. Bubble USA, called bubble because of how they are constantly on the rise, are starting to float down towards pitchforks and tools. Showing how Bubble USA is about to get popped by the people they've been floating over for so long. Also showing how other nations fought for freedom for their nation.

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Social Darwinism And Racial Motives

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Fusion of Darwinism with prior Anglo-Saxon Racism

From the beginning of American history, the English-speaking race traced itself back to common roots (Greeks, Romans, and Teutons) and believed themselves to be the only ones who could properly carry out a democratic institution. It was their duty to teach others since white Anglo-Saxon nations showed the highest capacity for political success. As John W. Burgess, author of Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law, wrote, “…the fact that it is the creation of Teutonic political genius stamps the Teutonic nations as the political nations par excellence, and authorizes them, in the economy of the world, to assume the leadership in the establishment and administration of states…” 1. Burgess did not believe the right to exercise political power was the right of all men, and it was the job of these higher nations to decide who was ready to claim this right.

Americans began to use their current world dominion and success in conquering others to prove that their race was in fact the fittest. In 1885, Reverend Josiah Strong pointed out the “new and finer type emerging in the United States” which pointed to natural selection and the survival of the fittest2. Although racism had existed long before, social Darwinism and the idea of the “survival of the fittest” supplied a scientific rationale for racial hierarchy. There was a fervent belief that the Anglo-Saxon race would continue to grow and need more space, resulting in a “competition of races” where the more powerful race would move in upon Mexico, South America, and onward. Reverend Josiah Strong questioned if anyone could “doubt that the result of this competition of races will be the ‘survival of the fittest’”3.

Duty to lesser nations and Manifest Destiny

One of the most common pro-imperialism arguments was that American influence in other countries would benefit both the citizens of foreign nations and Americans themselves. Many U.S. policy-makers and leaders believed that the United States had a duty to spread democracy and capitalism, and to bring up the lower races to match the far superior Americans. Senator Albert Beveridge once claimed, “God has made us master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns…He has made us adepts in government that we may administer government among savages and senile peoples”4. Americans believed they were being civil and peaceful, and were helping other nations experience the supremacy of their government. War for war’s sake could not be used to encourage the American public to support colonization and annexation of other countries. Instead, the rhetoric became more about helping “savages” live better lives.

Josiah Strong believed it was a duty not only to other nations but also to the United States. The survival of the fittest, Strong believed, was something that had to be fought for by the American people. America could not afford the “survival of the unfittest”, and Strong wrote that “the only way to obviate this evil is to raise the lower classes”5. Strong supported American imperialism not only because he wanted to help the inferior races, but also because he wanted to protect America from being defeated by these lesser nations.

In the 1890s this goal to spread the democratic institution among unfit and lower races became the doctrine of Manifest Destiny. This new conquest for American expansion carried religious undertones, and the theory of Social Darwinism came with the image of Christianity as a saving force that should be spread around the world to help and protect the inferior races. God had given the United States the ability to govern themselves with the most superior and civilized form of government, and it was in His wishes that this ability be spread throughout the world.

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