The Civilizing Mission

Rudyard Kipling, "The White Man's Burden" (1899)

Rudyard Kipling (NAEL 8, 2.1793) wrote this poem just after Admiral Dewey's victory at Manila, which consolidated United States control over the Philippines. Kipling reminds the Americans of the imperial duties that all "white men" share, whatever their nationality.

Text of poem.

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