The Splendid Little War. Lecture 4: American “New” Imperialism & the Philippines. War lasted April to August 1898 Important factors: Severe depression in early 1890s exacerbates need for new markets and raw materials The closing of the frontier Imperial scramble at end of 1890s
The Splendid Little War
Lecture 4: American “New” Imperialism & the Philippines
“God has not been preparing the English-speaking and Teutonic peoples for a thousand years for nothing… He has made us master organizers of the world... He has given us the spirit of progress… He has made us adept in government that we may administer government among savage and senile peoples… He has marked the American people as his chosen nation to finally lead in the regeneration of the world. This is the divine mission of America, and it holds for us all the profit, all the glory, all the happiness possible to man.” (Sen. Albert J. Beveridge(Indiana), delivered to Congress on Jan 9, 1900)
“ When I next realized that the Philippines had dropped into our laps I confessed I did not know what to do with them… I went down on my knees and prayed Almighty God for light and guidance…it came to me this way… that we could not leave them to themselves – they were unfit for self-government – and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain’s was… there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died.” (Pres. William McKinley, Jan 22, 1903 to the delegation of the Methodist Church)
Political cartoon from Judge
The caption reads: the Filipino’s first bath.
President McKinley stands in the pool of civilization in front of the white house.
In the background, Puerto Rico and Cuba have just had their bath.