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Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 301–314 | Cite as

Transatlantic dimensions of the American anti-imperialist movement, 1899–1909

  • M. Patrick CullinaneEmail author
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Abstract

The common perception of the American anti-imperialist movement that opposed US expansion after the Spanish-American War is one that was driven by domestic concerns like economics, security and political traditions. While this was certainly a component, there also existed a transnational element that was not spurred by domestic motives, but rather by the international context. Two particular contexts captured the attention of anti-imperialists in these years: the Boer War and the reform of the Congo Free State. The anti-imperialists presented the Boer War as a challenge to traditional US notions of republican brotherhood and as a test of the Anglo-American relationship. In the case of the Congo, they argued that the atrocities in that territory were a challenge to the American understanding of human rights. Both cases also exhibit the development of the Anglo-American relationship and international context that was central to anti-imperialism.

Keywords

anti-imperialism Boers Congo militarism human rights 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University College CorkCorkIreland

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