“A Powerful Democratic Argument Against Imperialism”
  Cartoonist:  Victor Gillam
  Source:  Judge
  Date:  August 11, 1900

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan appears as a fool whose anti-imperialist position would allegedly support native rebels in China (left) and the Philippines (right), instead of furthering American interests abroad. After the United States gained control of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War of 1898, a group of Filipinos led by Emilio Aguinaldo declared the island chain’s independence, which was not recognized by the McKinley administration. Tensions were high between American troops and the native population when a shooting incident in February 1899 sparked a full-scale war that lasted until 1902. In the three-year conflict, 10,000 Americans were killed and 200,000 Filipinos died of war-related fighting, disease, or pestilence.













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