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The White Man's Burden

THE WHITE MAN’S BURDEN The expansionist’s belief that a tide of fortune was carrying

the nation out to *' sea power ” had scarcely seemed confirmed by Hawaiian annexation when it was suddenly shattered. Dis­ illusionment came when a soi-disant Philippine government met the threatened submersion of its pretension to national independence with unexpected resistance. Shortly after the outbreak of the Philippine insurrection, the anti-imperialistic Bryan could say with malicious humor: " ’ Destiny ’ is not as manifest as it was a few weeks ago.” 1 What had become pain­ fully manifest was that the fulfilment of expansionist desires could no longer be left to fate but required force-conceived by John Morley as an inevitability of imperialism.