Question 7 a correct answer american imperialists

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Question 7 a. Correct answer. American imperialists emphasized the importance of acquiring the Philippines, for at least an interim period, to serve as a strategic military bulwark against aggressive Japanese or German expansion in Asia and the Pacific. These imperialists tied establishing American sovereignty
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over the Philippines to preserving the safety and national honor of the United States. Finally, they argued that the South Pacific location of the Philippines would permit the United States to establish naval bases that would ensure control of the Pacific. b. American imperialists did attempt to argue that the Philippines could be used as a base for American companies to advance trade with China and other nations. However, this was not a primary argument advanced by most American imperialists for acquiring the Philippines because emphasizing speculative trade profits for American companies was not likely to persuade a tormented President McKinley and a divided U.S. Senate. c. While several American imperialists cited America’s civilizing mission in the world as a reason to annex the Philippines, advancing the religious work of Protestant missionaries represented an insufficiently compelling justification for the United States embarking on an unprecedented, imperialist, and costly acquisition of distant tropical islands, densely populated by Asians of a different culture, language, and political institutions. d. The political preference of Filipinos was to obtain their national political independence as soon as possible and not remain under the yoke of imperial control of either Spain or the United States. e. American industries did not have a need to import cheap Philippine industrial labor in 1900 because their low-wage industrial labor needs were being met by the millions of European immigrants who had come to America over the previous thirty years. Question 8 a. Anti-imperialists asserted that annexing the Philippines violated “the consent of the governed” philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. b. Anti-imperialist argued that permitting the United States government to impose a despotic rule over the Philippines might lead to the United States government curbing civil liberties and curtailing political and economic freedoms at home. c. Correct answer. The anti-imperialists did not believe that the sovereignty of the Philippines should be returned to Spain under any circumstances. The anti- imperialists asserted that the Philippines should be granted their political independence as soon as possible and not remain colonial subjects of either the United States or Spain. d. Anti-imperialists feared that the annexation of the Philippines by the United States would propel America into a dangerous geopolitical and military competition with Japan, Germany, and Russia in East Asia that could lead to a destructive war with one or more of these powers.
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