American Foreign Policy After the Spanish-American War

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American Dipolmacy After the Spanish-American War After the end of the Spanish-American war, the Philippines wanted their independence. Their leader, Emilio Aguinaldo, thought that independence had be promised by American officials. After the U.S. victory of Spain, officials ordered Aguinaldo out of Manila. In 1899 he proclaimed “an independent Philippine Republic” and war between the U.S. and the Philippines began (Norton, 407). Both sides fought hard. U.S. troops destroyed villages, tortured prisoners, and set up reconcentration areas. These areas were secured places that supporters were allowed to live. Anyone outside the secure area was subject to death and destruction. Inside the secured areas were not much better with poor sanitation, starvation, and disease. When the revolt was suppressed, resistance against U.S. rule remained. Moro Province proved to be trouble to the U.S. When Filipinos there refused to accept U.S. rule, military threatened extermination, resulting in “600 men, women, and children were slaughtered at the Battle of Bud Dajo (Norton, 407).” The U.S. then tried to Americanize the Philippines. They even installed an education system with English as a primary language. Under American rule, the Philippine’s economy grew. In 1916, the Jones Act “vaguely promised independence once the Philippines established a ‘stable government (Norton, 407).” U.S. rule in the Philippines did not end until 1946. The U.S. muscled their way with the Philippines. Diplomacy was not something McKinley used with them. Although it was not peaceful, McKinley got his way controlling the Philippines for many years. This was negative success because the economic success was forced not welcomed. McKinley did more better working with China. For years other nations had taken over parts of China: Russia controlled Manchuria; Germany had Shandong;
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