Why was the U.S. more anti-imperialist than the other Great Powers were?

Dec 2011
4,285
Iowa USA
#12
Bryan was really anomaly rather than the rule.

America's participation in Boxer rebellion and the Philippines demonstrates that Imperialism.

Also, bear in mind that the indigenous people of a large part of the Southwest were actively asserting their ownership of territory when Bryan was speaking. Did Bryan favor an autonomous nation for the Comanche and others? A true anti-imperialist would, perhaps.
 
Jul 2016
241
Just outside the Rust Belt
#14
It wasn't. It was both economic and military imperialist as others. Not as big into colonies but that doesn't make it a colonial power not a imperialist power.
 
Oct 2016
884
Merryland
#15
pretty close to. Philippines 1946.India 1947 Indonesia 1949
the Philippines officially became independent in 1946 but the process began in the 1930s

"Following the passage of the Philippine Independence Act in 1934, a Philippine presidential election was held in 1935. Manuel L. Quezon was elected and inaugurated second President of the Philippines on November 15, 1935. The Insular Government was dissolved and the Commonwealth of the Philippines was brought into existence. The Commonwealth of the Philippines was intended to be a transitional government in preparation for the country's full achievement of independence in 1946."
 

martin76

Ad Honorem
Dec 2014
5,953
Spain
#16
Well, I would say 1898 is the symbol of Imperialism...USA is as imperialist as it was Britain, France, Japan or Italy...and more than Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Portugal, Netherland or Spain.

The american imperialism begun as early as it was an independent country.

First...the continuous violations of the border with Spain (From 1788 onwards)..
Second: The strange purchase of Lousiana and then... The invasion of Florida... the invasion of Texas, the War with Mexico, the "mandatory" purchase of La Mesilla, Alaska, the 1898 War..., the invasion of Hawai, the invasion of Panama in 1903, Nicaragua in 1855, the invasion of Haiti, and then Dominican Republic etc etc etc...

So, USA has been one of most imperialist countries on Earth...
we do not judge, we describe... to be imperialist is not good or bad... simply it is.. but of course, the Invasion of Florida or the invasion of Texas it it the same than the invasion of Traansvaal and Oranje by Britain or the invasion of Madagascar by France.
 

larkin

Ad Honorem
Sep 2009
3,698
#17
Perhaps you should read up about the Spanish American war, the annexation of Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the bloody war in the Philippines..

700 off shore US military base system is a modern manifestation of a colonial empire.
 

Scaeva

Ad Honorem
Oct 2012
5,424
#18
USA give Cuba independence almost immediately and gave the Philippines independence later, in both cases voluntarily. if anything the Spanish-American war was one of anti-imperialism.
While true, the U.S. retained Puerto Rico and Guam, possessions it had also gained during the Spanish-American War. It also annexed Hawaii, which was every bit the imperialist land-grab as earlier expansion on the continent at the expense of natives.

The U.S. in the 19th Century was not really anti-Imperialist. It may have been critical of European imperialism, but it was critical of it while engaging in imperialism of it's own. There was a fair amount of hypocrisy involved, which should probably come as no surprise, as that is more often than not the case with international relations.
 

Code Blue

Ad Honorem
Feb 2015
3,600
Caribbean
#19
The american imperialism begun as early as it was an independent country.
Method of land acquisition and form of government ought to bear on what can be reasonably called imperialism. The country was founded as a voluntary union. No one from the union's capital conquered Vermont or Texas, for example. The union government had limited jurisdiction within its own states. It wasn't until the Civil War that someone established that the states couldn't volunteer their was back out. If the US began acting like an empire, it was much later. than the date of independence.

Also, to the idea that it was like Europe. No one in the US claimed any divine right to rule, and that anyone born on the soil was the ruler's subject, like property.

Of course, politics is full of contradictions, but even by those standards, it seems difficult to have a limited government empire.
 

Code Blue

Ad Honorem
Feb 2015
3,600
Caribbean
#20
Well, I would say 1898 is the symbol of Imperialism...USA is as imperialist as it was Britain, France, Japan or Italy...and more than Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Portugal, Netherland or Spain.
I guess the US just forgot to colonize Africa and SE Asia. An empire without colonies.