The US Builds an Empire. 1890 - 1899. The US in 1890. The frontier – safety valve or not – was gone The country’s population was rising rapidly The industrialization that had caused much controversy was making HUGE money
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1890 - 1899
Henry Cabot Lodge – (R) MA
Alfred Thayer Mahan
President Grover Cleveland (1885-9, 1893-7)
British Captain Cook in Hawaii
“When next I realized that the Philippines had dropped in our laps, I confess I did not know what to do with them . . .
I went down on my knees and prayed to Almighty God for light and guidance. . . . And one night late it came to me this way. . . . 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. And them I went to bed and went to sleep, and slept soundly.”
Cuba could not accrue a large national debt
Cuba could not make treaties that would “threaten” its indep.
Cuba would sanitize its cities
The US could maintain a navy base
The US could intervene to maintain orderThe “Independence” Amendments
Damn, damn, damn the Filipinos!
Cross-eyed kakiak ladrones!
Underneath the starry flag
Civilize ‘em with a Krag
And return us to our beloved homes!
We’ve taken up the white man’s burden
of ebony and brown;
Now will you kindly tell us, Rudyard,
How may we put it down?
“The Constitution rides behind and the Big Stick rides before, (Which is the rule of precedent), in the reign of Theodore”
Morris, Edmund. Theodore Rex