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“Imperialism of Righteousness” The White Man’s Burden U.S. imperialism and the Philippine-American War 1899-1915 Spanish American war 0. Yellow press “sensationalist press” Randolph Hearst, colonial Spain’s atrocious conduct 1. Explosion of American battleship USS Maine while docked in Havana, Cuba February 15, 1898 2. 250 American lives lost “Remember the Maine!” Pres.McKinley declares war on Spain April 11, 1898. April 29 Prelude to Conquest and War 0. Emergence of big business, major capitalist industries needed new markets to sell manufactured goods, crisis of overproduction 1. “American factories are making more than the American people can use; American soil is producing more than they can consume. Fate has written our policy for us; the trade of the world must and shall be ours.” Senator Albert Beveridge (1897) 2. Coveted huge China market Imperial designs 3. American trading companies in Manila beginning of 19 th century 4. 1880 U.S. naval fleet 5. 1893 U.S. marines landed in Hawaii American sugar planters overthrew Hawaiian monarchy 6. Hawaii annexed July 1898 Cuba and Spanish-American War 3. Strategic role of Cuba 4. America controlled 90% of sugar production 5. Geographic positioning Guantanamo Bay direct route to Panama Canal (1902-1914)
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