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Relations between the United States and the Philippines have been seemingly positive since the two countries initial association However the optimistic attitude and big brother-like role of the United States has in the past been a faade that the presidential administration of the US has used to cover up their imperialistic ideals At the close of the nineteenth century the United States no longer had any frontier to expand its territory and therefore began to consider imperialism as a logical step in its growth as a nation The annexation of the Philippines was a direct cause of this altered form of imperialism referred to as Manifest Destiny by most Americans The American-Filipino relationship suffered a great deal from this dominant attitude which converted to a negative attitude toward later Filipino immigrants trying to make a living on the American mainland Our Little Brown Brothers as they were named by President Taft were often mistreated to the same extremes as ex-slaves in the US south during the post civil war era At the dawn of the nineteenth century hysteria encapsulated the United States concerning expansion and the ideals of imperialism and colonialism With the success of the US in eradicating all outside influenced upon the continental US it was inevitable that the next step would be to exert US power overseas However this was not an overwhelmingly supported cause by the American public due to the US previous experience with England and colonialism These fears and doubts were muted in part by both William Randolph Hurst and his practice of yellow journalism and also by President McKinleys creation of Manifest Destiny Through the aid of these methods Americans were persuaded to believe that it was their God-given right to expand US territory across the globe The perfect opportunity arose to exert this new ideal as the US declared war on Spain Victory over the Spanish empire would entail an abundant source for oversea possessions and more
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