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Racism and the Imperialist Campaign

In 1893 Hawaii beckoned Americans with a promise of glorious ad­venture, presenting the opportunity for Americans to become involved in the mission of carrying Western civilization to the Pacific. Some Americans felt that the possession of Hawaii

would be the first step toward empire. Others felt that the acquisition of Hawaii and other imperial possessions would be repugnant to re­ publican institutions. The existence of the latter group necessitated a campaign to convert the majority of Americans to the glory of an imperial adventure.