Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Context||Philippine-American War and the ratification of a treaty in which Cuba, Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico came under U.S. control|
|Audience||Readers of McClure's Magazine|
|Purpose||To encourage the United States to take up the "burden" of empire|
In 1899, British poet Rudyard Kipling enjoined the United States to take up the "burden" of empire in his poem "The White Man's Burden: The United States and The Philippine Islands." Senator Henry Cabot Lodge noted that it was "rather poor poetry, but good sense from the expansion point of view." For some, the idea of the "White Man's Burden" became a justification for American imperialism. An alternative reading of the poem cautions the United States on the heavy toll of imperialism.