Dbq american Imperialism This work will be considered a test grade. You are to hand in only concise, short, but accurate numbered answers. There are 40 questions at 2 points each. I expect well-reasoned simple answers to each question


DOCUMENT 20 William McKinley, Excerpt from a speech to Methodist church leaders, November 21, 1899



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William McKinley, Excerpt from a speech to Methodist church leaders, November 21, 1899

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. And one night late it came to me this way - I don't know how it was, but it came: That we could not give them back to Spain - that would be cowardly and dishonorable; that we could not turn them over to France and Germany - our commercial rivals in the Orient - that would be bad business and discreditable; that we could not leave them to themselves - they were unfit for self-government - and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain's was; and 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 do the very best we could by them…



  1. What is McKinley deciding about the Philippines?

  2. Give an example of Social Darwinism from this speech:

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