The Philippines and the Role the United States in the Early 20th Century

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The Philippines and the role the United States has played in their development is worthy of very careful historical consideration. The United States has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt its intention of becoming a de facto empire. Looking at the major areas of democratic development, economic development, and operating as an independent nation state are the areas to be examined to determine whether the Philippines are part of a United States empire, or a truly independent nation. During this time period the United States was continuing to establish and maintain its dominance in the western hemisphere. Loosely following the Monroe Doctrine [which seemed to carve up the western hemisphere for the United States and serve as the warning to the previous colonial powers that their direct economic and political control was over], the United States began its imposition of its own version of Imperialism. This was done in the name of the spread of Democracy. One had to over look the manner in which this democratization was carried out and how it seemed to benefit and expand U.S. Imperial interests. This version of Imperialism had a mix of Christian religious proselytizing, Capitalist exploitation in the name of economic development, and sloganeering of democratic ideas as its base of marketing. It was not anything new, just the ad mixture that made it “American”. The expansion and protection of growing American markets in the Pacific and Asia was foremost on the minds of U.S. Capitalists, and U.S. political policy makers. The U.S. made a calculated decision to intervene and support what its economic interests were at this time and for the foreseeable future. Stopping the old colonial powers and their competitors from filling the vacuum left by the defeat of Spain meant the U.S. was largely unopposed in the interim for control and “developing” opening the Filipino

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