Imperialism Of Rudyard Kipling: The White Man's Burden

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Imperialism is deeply rooted in the American way of life. The U.S. began as an imperial territory of the British empire. Westward expansion and diminishing the Native American population into virtual nonexistence was a piece of American persona. Rudyard Kipling supported imperialism in its truest form. Kipling’s childhood was no stranger to imperialistic manners as he grew up in British occupied India. The White Man’s Burden was a poem simply describing Kipling's personal feelings and opinions about the nature of imperialism directed toward the U.S. people. The concept of imperialism had existed for centuries as a way to justify overtaking defenseless states. Although Kipling’s the White Man’s Burden fueled the fire of harsh imperialistic reins while inflicting hardship on suffering citizens, imperialism had a necessary place in history crucial for the advancement of humanity.
According to the demeanor of the poem, Kipling's view of imperialistic practices are strong and evident. He believed it was the moral obligation of a developed and affluent nation to spread ideas and share
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Through conflict and war, something positive came from the burden. It allowed for intellectual growth and expansion of the civilized world. Although the White Man’s Burden is fundamentally unethical, it was needed throughout history to make the world a stronger place for everyone. As Wilson said, making the world safe for the American way of life was paramount. The ideological goal of sharing the best of society with the rest of the world was well intentioned but these ideas were taken far too literally throughout time. Whether it be Kipling’s outdated words, ideology rooted in the American people, or signs of hope in imperial torn places, the White Man’s Burden affects drew out eminence for the less developed nations. Imperialism was an essential stepping stone for future glorious

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