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What were some reasons against imperialism?

Some reasons for being against imperialism included a concern that imperialism would lead to involvement in foreign wars, a fear that imperialism would lead to increased immigration, and the belief that imperialism was simply un-American, since the United States was created through a rebellion against a colonial power.

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In the late 19th century, when the United States first embarked upon building an overseas empire, many Americans were strongly opposed to the imperialist project. They felt that building an empire was decidedly un-American, not really in keeping with the best traditions of American liberty and democracy.

After all, the United States itself was born from a long and bloody struggle against a colonial power—Great Britain—so imperialism seemed like a betrayal of that whole revolutionary tradition and the values it promoted and embodied. Having fought so hard to free herself from British colonial rule, many argued, it was simply unconscionable for the United States to become an imperial power herself.

As well as constituting a clear violation of republican liberty, imperialism was held by its critics to represent an attack on America's longstanding commitment to democracy. No one in countries such as the Philippines had voted to have American soldiers stationed on their soil or American...

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