Friday, September 11, 2009

"Imperialism Hostile to Liberty"

Charles Schurz (March 2, 1829 - May 14, 1906) was a reformer and a military general. He is noted to being the first German born American elected to the US Senate. As far as his political affiliation is concerned, he was a true Republican and campaigned for Abraham Lincoln. After the election Schurz was appointed US Envoy to Spain.

Schurz can be noted for his anti-slavery views and due to his passion he became a member of the Union Army. After success in many important battles he moved up in the ranks to a General. A quote that he is noted for, "my country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right," displays his ideals for a better America.

At Schurz’s core he was a man of morals and was an anti-imperialist during the Spanish American War. In the essay “Imperialism Hostile to Liberty,” Schurz declares why imperialism is wrong and unjust. “We insist that the subjugation of any people is ‘criminal aggression’ and open disloyalty to the distinctive principles of our government.” Here he is trying to explain that by conquering other peoples and lands we are openly going against principles of what America was founded on. He also said, “we earnestly condemn the policy of the present national administration in the Philippines.” This statement is self-explanatory in that he was against the U.S. government trying to overtake the Philippine Islands. Ultimately, “those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

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