Debate over Annexing the Philippines

Debate over Annexing the Philippines - Paul Sardias Notes:...

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Paul Sardiñas Notes: The Debate over Annexing the Philippines, 1898-1900 Strategic Factors Behind Annexation While it was true that only war with Spain produced the annexation of the Philippines they did not drop out of the blue into a dumbfounded McKinley’s lap. In 1895-1896 navy officers had put together contingency plans for attacking the Philippines in case of war with Spain. McKinley, aware of these plans as early as September 1897, approved instructions for Dewey to prepare their execution. McKinley had more prosaic motives. He wished to strengthen America’s foothold in East Asia, and from the Philippines the United States could better defend its commercial interests in China and improve its political maneuverability in the entire region. Because McKinley’s decisions seemed so far-reaching, they produced strenuous resistance from anti-imperialists The opponents of American imperialism included members of both parties, leading political independents, businessmen, writers and
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