How did the principles of the American Revolution influence the debate over American imperialism in the Philippines?
The anti-imperialists referred to the American Revolution to criticize the war.
The USA is a country founded on the rejection of imperialism i.e British imperialism. Accordingto that argument the anti-imperialists claimed that such imperial undertakings were not tolerable.
The pro-empire claimed that America had an exceptional destiny and that it was meant to spread its ideals all over the world. Those arguments were arguments were retaken by those favoring foreign intervention abroad.