White Man's Burden Imperialism

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The White Man’s Burden is Rudyard Kipling’s seven stanza poem that served as a propaganda piece for encouraging imperialistic techniques. Kipling was one of the most renowned British writers in history. He was also the author of The Jungle Book and The Man Who Would Be King, which are two of the most recognized pieces in modern literature. The poem, The White Man’s Burden, was written and published in 1899. Written during the time period following the Spanish-American War when America took over the Philippines, this poem has influences from the war as well as the movement into the beginning of Neo-Imperialism. Kipling’s The White Man’s Burden incorporates ideas that were crucial during this time period especially the concepts of racism …show more content…

This repetition emphasizes the idea that the United States has complete and utter control of the Philippines with the “burden” referring to the duty, which the European countries assumed to civilize and liberate all the colonies they gained control over. While Kipling is keeping Americans in mind, he sought to send the message of all the hardships they would face they assisted with the spread of imperialism. However, Kipling also targeted Europeans to reassure them of the conquering of the countries that was occurring under their government’s control. Also from another viewpoint, Kipling directs this poem at imperialists by implying that the uncivilized people were from Africa, which was where Britain was …show more content…

Take for example the quote “Your new-caught, sullen peoples” where one can particularly feel the emotions stir within oneself knowing the mutilation the “burden” imposes on foreigners. The foreigners act completely indifferent and unappreciative to the aid of the imperialists, who are bettering them whether they can tell or not. I also see this as moral justification for the invasion of Africa by Europeans for Africa’s known luxuries and Europe’s own benefits, which encouraged the United States to carry out similar acts of imperialism. Kipling was convincingly implying that it was the duty of the white men to civilize the

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  • Explains that rudyard kipling's the white man’s burden was a propaganda piece for encouraging imperialistic techniques. it was written during the spanish-american war and the neo-imperialism movement.
  • Analyzes how kipling's main focus is on the british seeing themselves as superior than all and their attitudes toward the new colonies in africa and india.
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