At the turn of the century, Americans hotly debated what role the United States should play in the world. Read through the following documents which talk about whether the U.S. should become an imperial power. In an essay of 1000 to 1500 words compare and contrast the key arguments in these documents for and against the policy of keeping the Philippines following the Spanish-American war. Overall, which side do you think presents a better case? You should have at least three points of comparison -- i.e., areas where there is a fundamental disagreement (argument and counter-argument).