The empire and the people by zinn

There was a similar turnabout in U. It is far more accurate and illuminating, however, to view it as a three-cornered fight. He wrote that while Spanish rule was bad and the rebels had the support of the people, it would be better for Spain to keep control: A grave danger represents itself.

Nothing could be more significant than the manner in which this paper was converted in a few weeks.

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Zinn addresses the irony that, during the war in the Philippines a war characterized by intense racism toward the Filipino people many of the American soldiers were black, and therefore were also the victims of American racism. Thus, simultaneously with the military occupation began. But would McKinley have gone to war because of the press and some portion of the public we had no public opinion surveys at that time without the urging of the business community? The Twentieth Kansas swept through it, and now Caloocan contains not one living native. The countries with the biggest navies would inherit the earth, he said. Arn, Jackson. I walked the floor of the White House night after night until midnight; and I am not ashamed to tell you, gentlemen, that I went down on my knees and prayed Almighty God for light and guidance more than one night. Zinn begins the chapter by telling about how his community worked together to get through the Great Depression and their reaction to the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. People, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Captain A. As with his treatment of the Populist movement in the previous chapter, Zinn acknowledges the bigotry and unethical behavior of the labor movement with regard to American military intervention. The truth is I didn't want the Philippines, and when they came to us as a gift from the gods, I did not know what to do with them. Not long after, some Americans began thinking into the Pacific: of Hawaii, Japan, and the great markets of China. The People, newspaper of the Socialist Labor party, called the issue of Cuban freedom "a pretext" and said the government wanted war to "distract the attention of the workers from their real interests.

In the 19th century, however, America—now a major military power—became even more aggressive in its treatment of other nations, using a policy of intimidation to ensure free trade with Japan, as well as other countries. Manufactured goods were becoming overproduced in America, so the need for foreign markets and trade became prominent.

I believed that Aguinaldo's troops represented only a faction.

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Commercial farmers began to demand expansion in the United States. For instance, in late and early , with China weakened by a recent war with Japan, German military forces occupied the Chinese port of Tsingtao at the mouth of Kiaochow Bay and demanded a naval station there, with rights to railways and coal mines on the nearby peninsula of Shantung. Some deserters joined the Filipino rebels. It pointed to the Lattimer Massacre of September 10, , during a coal strike in Pennsylvania. The ideology of expansion was widespread in the upper circles of military men, politicians, businessmen -- and even among some of the leaders of farmers' movements who thought foreign markets would help them. What was the Anti-Imperialist League and why was it formed? Where shall we turn for consumers of our surplus? However, this preference on the part of some business groups and politicians for what Williams calls the idea of "informal empire," without war, was always subject to change. There was a similar turnabout in U. Negro soldiers in Lakeland, Florida, pistol-whipped a drugstore owner when he refused to serve one of them, and then, in a confrontation with a white crowd, killed a civilian. Along with the American army in Cuba came American capital. Around the same time, Wake Island, 2, miles west of Hawaii, on the route to Japan, was occupied. It begins with discussing how the U. Another soldier's letter of Our racial sympathies would naturally be with the Filipinos. Speculators will make money out of it -- that is, out of you.

Seven syndicates battled each other for control of the franchises for the Havana Street Railway, which were finally won by Percival Farquhar, representing the Wall Street interests of New York.

Would it not unite people with government, with the armed forces, instead of against them? Death comes in thousands of instances in mill and mine, claims his victims, and no popular uproar is heard.

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Debs involvement in it; the Monroe Doctrine and the Open Door Policy ; the invasion of Hawaii in ; and the interventions carried out in other countries by the U.

Thus, simultaneously with the military occupation began. The American Tobacco Company arrived.

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