Chapter V: America Compared Readings (Week 3)

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Chapter V: America Compared Readings (Week 3)

  1. 1. Imperialism<br />
  2. 2. ViewsonEmpire<br />Many Americans choose to not recognize America as being or ever having been an empire.<br />&quot;The depository of power is always unpopular.&quot; Benjamin Disraeli wrote. Imperialism wasn&apos;t always looked down on. Some people saw it as helping poor and ignorant people come into the light. <br />In Britain:<br />A British travelling commissioner expressed the opinion that foreigners were &quot;degraded, ignorant, swept by disease; how low, low, low they stand,&quot; and that they may &quot;one day make them right-thinking Englishmen, men with souls as white as any other,&apos;<br />
  3. 3. Culture of Imperialism<br />The language of empire was all pervasive. The names of saints and kings ran all across Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. <br />The imperialist attitude and view of these foreign lands came before the actual gunboats, soldiers, or investor.<br />Pro imperialist / Anti imperialist<br />Rudyard Kipling wrote The White Man’s Burden<br />After the Spanish American War, anti-imperialist voices began to emerge<br />

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