7.1.1 White Man`s Burden

US History Bellwork
• “But today we are raising more than we can consume. Today
we are making more than we can use. Today our industrial
society is congested; there are more workers than there is
work; there is more capital than there is investment. We do
not need more money—we need more circulation, more
employment. Therefore, we must find new markets for our
produce, new occupation for our capital, new work for our
labor. . . .”
— Senator Albert J. Beveridge, 1898
• Read the quote above and tell me which benefit of
imperialism the passage refers to. (If you need a reminder
check pages 250-252 & just list your name and answer on the
slip of paper on your table)
Objectives for Learning…
• SPI: 7.1.1 - Identify
causes of American
imperialism (i.e., raw
materials, nationalism,
missionaries, militarism,
Monroe Doctrine).
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Rudyard Kipling
• Born December 30, 1865 –
Died January 18, 1936.
• British novelist and poet
who often wrote about
British life in India.
• Pro-Imperialist
• Wrote:
Just So Stories
The Man Who Would be King
The Jungle Book
The White Man’s Burden
Rudyard Kipling – McClure’s Magazine (1899)
Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
"Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
Take up the White Man’s burdenHave done with childish daysThe lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!
White Man’s Burden Discussion Questions
Who is Kipling referring to in the first stanza with “Your newcaught sullen peoples, Half devil and half child”?
Kipling’s poem lists the White Man’s responsibilities, and then the
consequences of those responsibilities. List four of those
responsibilities and four of the consequences Hint: most stanzas
begin with a responsibility and ends with a consequence!
Who is Kipling writing this poem for? Hint: Look at the title!
What do you think Kipling’s goal was in writing this poem?
If Kipling had written this to be sarcastic how would the meaning
of the poem change?
How does this poem relate to the Imperialism we are learning
about? Hint: which cause of Imperialism does this support?
Answering a question in complete sentences…
• Always use part of the question in your answer
when you are constructing a response…
• Ex. - Who is Kipling referring to in the first stanza
with “Your new-caught sullen peoples, Half devil
and half child”?
• Response:
– In the first stanza of the poem, Kipling refers to
_______________ when he uses the phrase “Your
new-caught sullen peoples, Half devil and half child”.
• Imperialism is still going on today… some
might say that our control of the middle east
or policies in Latin America are leftovers of
traditional imperialism.
• Do you think that America should have any
role in controlling or policing other
countries? Why or why not? (the why or why
not is what I am really interested in…)
The White Man’s Burden –
Life Magazine 1899
The White Man’s Burden
The Journal, Detroit 1898
The White Man’s Burden
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