Imperialism

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SukWoo Lee
Period 2
1/19/13
Position paper
Imperialism Justified
During the end of the 19th century after the war and trying to recuperate, America had gone into a state of expansionism. The never ending change with the economy, agriculture and the industrial growth. Democratic National Platform, 1900 states “We assert that no nation can long endure half republic and half empire…” With this new sense of power, expanding for the Americans was inevitable. The spreading of the “good” word of God with the mindset of the “superior” race with the fact that America had to compete economically with other foreign countries had made imperialism not an option but necessary to America’s empire. Also with the other European countries also competing for world colonization. Therefore America was indeed justified to engage in a policy of imperialism due to religious, economical, and military purposes.

“It seems to me that God, with infinite wisdom and skill, is training the Anglo-Saxon race for an hour sure to come in the worlds future. The lands of the earth are limited, and soon will be taken…” quoted from Minister Josiah Strong. Many Americans felt it was not only our responsibility and duty but it was also a command from God. Minister Strong argued that America was in a race with other nations to dominate the world and obtain resources that we needed. So because America claimed that it was their duty to uplift and “Christianize” the foreign people they used this as an argument for imperialism. As Charles Darwin states “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment." America had gone into a state of “social Darwinism”, where they thought that the earth belong to the fit and strong, which in this case is America. And so, if U.S. wanted to survive in competition of modern states, it too would have to become an imperial power. According to Beveridge, "...and...
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