Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Imperialsim - Its Dangers and Wrongs

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Imperialsim - Its Dangers and Wrongs

"From a speech delivered at the Peace Jubilee, Chicago, October 18, 1898"

I found many of these articles interesting and I would just like to take some short time to point out all the Cartoon drawings within this packet which were drawn with such detail and rather amusing. This one particular article focuses mainly on the subject of Imperialism.

Imperialism is a touchy subject and I found this article rather intriguing. We must take a look at the past, the track record so to speak, when dealing with the consequences of Imperialism. I think Samuel Gompers put it best when saying "Foreign war as a cure for domestic discontent" was the main tactics of tyrants and followers of Imperialism. I understand in this article that it was important for our country that there be no outsiders changing our civilization as stated in the article is was important for annexation not to occur. What was to stop other countries from sneaking in, immigration would be a problem. This is what we did not want, the Chinese, the Philippines, etc, influencing our country. How many lives would have to be lost as a direct result of this. We know from past experiences, taking from the article examples of, Waterloo and Sedan, that this kind of behavior can have dire consequences. However when we examine the human race and ancient civilizations we discover that early civilizations got started this way. So now that we have all evolved and there are borders surrounding our countries, nations, states, etc Its over right?....


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, but please try to post on this week's readings, not last week's.

Both the pro-expansionists and the anti-expansionists argued their case using images of race and freedom. Can you see how Gompers is arguing against the annexation of the Philippines by using the racial prejudices of the day? What makes his argument persuasive? --The same appeals to democracy and equality that are being used by the opposing "imperialist" propagandists.

2/10/2009 11:48 AM  

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