Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Imperialism Hostile to Liberty

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Imperialism Hostile to Liberty

Imperialism Hostile to Liberty written by Carl Schurz was written in 1899 durning the time where America was invading the Philippines. Schurz was strickly against the invasion and called it un-American. He said it was un-Constitutional and went against the Declaration of Independence. Schurz continued and said we were acting like Spain did when they tried to oppress the Native Americans we were doing the same to the Filipinos.

Schurz basically called imperialism un-American which in a sense is true. The pilgrims left England because of oppression and many of the Native Americans were killed off because of the Spanish Conquest it is unfair for us to do the same to the Filipinos. I don't agree completely with Schurz because I think at the time American needed to expand to show the world that it was a power and needed to be recongized.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike Moore said...

One of the founding fathers said (wisely I think) that American democracy could only be maintained if we did not waste our treasure seeking adventures in foreign lands and consequently embroil ourselves closely with the internal disputes of foreign nations.

2/09/2006 3:38 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

Schurz is an anti-imperialist. What are the key points of his argument? How do they differ from the arguments made by those who were in favor of expansion? What are the key images or symbols used here? Are there any common themes between the pro and anti-war speeches here?

2/14/2006 12:12 AM  

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