We helped them gain independence from Spain, however “we had full knowledge that they were fighting for their own independance” (Document D). The leader of their army was Emilio Aguinaldo, who was very helpful in winning the war. However, when we won, we refused to let him march with our armies. He was going to use his armies to rebel against us. Having a rebellious territory would do no good for the United States. We would lose things like trade, military help, and peace. We could keep all of those things if we gave them independence, and formed an alliance. If we annexed them, it would do more harm than good, as we would have to fight our own rebelling territory like we did in the Civil War.
If we didn’t grant the Philippines independence, it would be going against our own laws and would cause a rebellion. We helped them gain independence, and they rightfully earned it. We should have granted them independence for the most peaceful and democratic solution. Many Americans have given their lives to fight for freedom and independence. Should we let their sacrifices be in