American Imperialism in the Philippines

In 1898, in an effort to free Cuba from the oppression of its Spanish colonizers, America captured the Philippines.� This brought about questions of what America should do with the Philippines.� Soon, controversy ensued both in the American political arena as well as among its citizens.� Throughout its history, America had always been expansionistic, but it had always limited itself to the North American continent.� Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, however, there emerged a drive to expand outside of the continent.� When America expanded to the Philippines, the policy it followed was a stark break from past forms of expansionism.� Despite much controversy, America followed the example of the imperialistic nations in Europe and sought to conquer the Philippines as an imperialist colony that they would rule either directly or indirectly. [...]