1.3: Imperialism

Guiding Question: What were the key arguments surrounding the U.S. acquisition of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War?  What did they indicate about future American foreign policy actions?

Before class:

READ: Each person will read all of the excerpts on 1.3 Philippines.  The team will then assign each person one document (they’re very short), which will be the basis of the persona you will assume in class.  Be sure that the documents are evenly distributed (no duplication if possible).

PREPARE:  In addition to bringing  “1.3 Philippines,”  bring a single, typed sheet to class, with information arranged as follows:

1. Your name and team #.

2. The name of your person (i.e., author of your document) on the next line.

3.  Your person is in favor of/ against U.S. imperialism for these reasons:  (list 3, briefly as well as any conditions or qualifications set by the author.)

4. Do you believe the U.S. has the right to lay claim to another country? Explain. (The reason for this question is for you to assess your own predisposition as you weigh the argument of the document’s claims.)

REPORT:    It is important  that you bring a copy of your document set to class, annotated and/ or underlined.  Do not bring the copy on a “device.”

When the team meets, you will take on the persona of the author assigned to you and argue from his/ her  perspective. Make sure you understand all of the arguments he –or she– is making.

Important: our discussions in previous classes have touched on topics that might be helpful in understanding your excerpt.  For example, we’ve talked about social darwinism, progress, immigration, opportunity, wealth, and obligation to other classes or people.


Excerpts expressing the position of each of the following are here–> 1.3 Philippines.

U.S. President William McKinley interview excerpt published in 1903.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan.
Senator Alfred Beveridge (Republican-Indiana)
Colored Citizens of Boston (The Boston Post, July 18, 1899)
Emilio Aguinaldo (President of the Independent Philippine Republic)
Clemencia Lopez (An Activist in the Philippine Struggle for Independence)

 ESSAY:  The essay for this unit has not been finalized.  However, you should expect to spend approximately 40 minutes in class responding in writing to the readings on this assignment, and considering them in light of 1.2 readings as well as the course texts.

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