Anti Imperialism Dbq Analysis

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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the role of the American government contributed largely to beliefs of overseas expansion. However, it contributed to beliefs in two polar ways. One facet of the belief, supported by anti-imperialists, is that, as Americans, the ideal that all men are created equal should act as reason enough to allow the Philippines control of their own country and government. Furthermore, some anti-imperialists believed that a turn to imperialism would make the United States no better than the Spanish that they had finished fighting a year before (Doc 2). The anti-imperialist beliefs were founded, in part, on the ideology that the United States had little right to claim another nation as their own.