Civil War Dbq Analysis

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Annexing a smaller nation, and ripping away someone’s freedom can be a benefit in trying to build a successful nation, but it comes with negative affects. In the spring and summer of 1898 the United States went to war with Spain. The Americans were victorious. This war was caused by unfair treatment of the Cuban natives by the Spanish masters. After winning this war, the United Stated had become a major world power. Filipinos had been fighting for their independence for years, so when the Filipinos saw the Americans they thought they were coming to liberate them. The Americans did not allow them to get the freedom they desired. In October 1898 a conference was held in Paris to write a peace treaty. The United States had three choices …show more content…
Governing another man with consent is immoral: “”We hold with Abraham Lincoln, that “no man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. When the white man governs himself, that is self-government, but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government - that is despotism (rule by a tyrant)”” (Document A). Governing another man without their consent is highly immoral. As humans everyone has rights, if one does not consent to something then it should not be forced upon them to behave, or in this case be required to follow certain rules. Additionally, America should not have made a promise to provide the Filipinos with the freedom they had been hoping for and then turn around and not follow through with the decision. A fine line is drawn between benefiting yourselves and treating other fairly and the US crossed that borderline. America thought there was no other choice than to take all of the filipinos:“”That there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace” Unfair that they were forced to become christian (Document C). America did have a choice. They could have given the filipinos their freedom and let them live happy lives. Instead, they christianized then and educated them on American’s way of