The United States has come out of the Industrialization phase and into the period of expanding their influence on the world stage….even to the point of imperialism….think…Guam, Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Hawaii……not sure what I am speaking of?
This series is an excellent look at American history written by Maj. Danny Sjursen……plus if you have not been reading this series from the beginning…..I give you a reference to the series……
Part 21 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”
Empire. It is a word that most Americans loathe. After all, the United States was born through its rebellion against the great (British) empire of the day. American politicians, policymakers and the public alike have long preferred to imagine the U.S. as, rather, a beacon of freedom in the world, bringing light to those in the darkness of despotism. Europeans, not Americans, it is thought, had empires. Some version of this myth has pervaded the republic from its earliest colonial origins, and nothing could be further from the truth.
According to the old historical narrative, the U.S. has always been a democratic republic and only briefly dabbled (from 1898 to 1904) with outright imperialism. And, indeed, even in that era—in which the U.S. seized Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii and the Philippines—the U.S. saw itself as “liberating” the locals from Spanish despotism. This wasn’t real imperialism but rather, to use a term from the day, “benevolent assimilation.” Oh, what a gloriously American euphemism!
I regret that this is the last part of the series written by Maj. Sjursen….not to worry I will post the newest ones as they become available…..I am glad that it has gotten the attention it has….
If you like this series and would like to read more such history then I recommend “The People’s History Of The United States” by Howard Zinn….
Thanx for reading and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday….chuq