The Effects of Imperialism

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ESSAY DBQ: Effects of Imperialism

Document-Based Question: Effects of Imperialism
Directions: The following question is based on the accompanying Documents 1- 13 (The documents have been edited for the purpose of this exercise.) This question is designed to test your ability to work with and understand historical documents. Write an essay that:     Has a relevant thesis and supports that thesis with evidence from the documents. Uses all or all but one of the documents. Analyzes the documents by grouping them in as many appropriate ways as possible. Does not simply summarize the documents individually. Takes into account both the sources of the documents and the author’s points of view.
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Document 11
From: William Jennings Bryan,“The Paralyzing Influence of Imperialism,” Speech given at the Democratic National Convention, Kansas City, 1900 If it is right for the United States to hold the Philippine Islands permanently and imitate European empires in the government of colonies, the Republican Party ought to state its position and defend it… The Filipinos do not need any encouragement from Americans now living. Our whole history has been an encouragement, not only to the Filipinos, but to all who are denied a voice in their own government. If the Republicans are prepared to censure all who have used language calculated to make the Filipinos hate foreign domination, let them condemn the speech of Patrick Henry. When he uttered that passionate appeal, ”Give me liberty or give me death,” he expressed a sentiment which still echoes in the hearts of men.

Document 12
From: Roger Casement, report from the Congo Basin region, 1903 Here Nkwabali took up the tale from Moyo [Bangongo chief]: “We said to the white men, ‘We are not enough people now to do what you want us. Our country has not many people in it and we are dying fast. We are killed by the work you make us do, but the stoppage of our plantations, and the breaking up of our homes…”

Document 13
From: J.A. Hobson, Imperialism, 1902 Imperialism is a depraved choice of national life, imposed by self-seeking interests which appeal to


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