Founders and Empire
-Like many questions whose answers touch
on the essential nature of our country, historians
and partisans on both sides of the question
of empire refer to the intentions of the founding
- Territorial expansion marked the first century
of the American republic, and its ideology was
captured in the idea of Manifest Destiny.
American War - Early in the conflict,
U.S. Navy commander George Dewey defeated a Spanish
naval squadron in Manila Bay, opening the way
for U.S. influence in the Pacific.
William Jenning Bryan
Three-time presidential candidate and influential
politician, Willliam Jennings Bryan railed against
the excesses of imperial Europe, and extolled
the virtues of being a Republic.
Twain - The U.S. adventure in the Philippines,
after the Spanish Ameircan war prompted waves
of patriotism and doubt. Mark Twain, a journalist
before he was a novelist, decided to check out
the situation for himself ... and lost a little
of his enthusiasm along the way.