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By Stuart Creighton Miller

American acquisition of the Philippines and Filipino resistance to it turned a focus for debate on American imperialism. In a full of life narrative, Miller tells the tale of the conflict and the way it challenged America's feel of innocence. He examines the jobs of key actors-the generals and presidents, the warriors and senators-in America's colonial event. "The such a lot thorough, balanced, and well-written research thus far of America's imperial event within the western Pacific and the main persuasive research of the various reactions of the yankee humans to the army subjugation of the Filipinos. . . . [Told] with readability, wit and a expertise for the apt quotation."-Richard E. Welch, Jr., the hot York instances publication evaluation "A triumph of study, synthesis and storytelling, this is often the wisest ebook on its topic and, implicitly, an important cultural critique of the us on the flip of the century."-Peter Stanley, Asia "The author's balanced precis of the historiography of imperialism and the epilogue, which considers the Philippine/Vietnam analogy, are necessary beneficial properties of the paintings. . . . may still stay the definitive account of those events."-Library magazine "Written with readability and argued with ardour from a wealth of basic sources."-Jack C. Lane, The magazine of yank heritage

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Dewey of Manila Bay” had “ruthlessly destroyed one of the foundation stones of the anti-imperialist tem­ ple of falsehoods and delusions,” crowed the New York Times. ”4 General T. M. Anderson, the first American commander in the Philip­ pines, understood better than any other military leader the full diplomatic im­ plications of Dewey’s and Wildman's assistance to Aguinaldo. ” Anderson asked in the North American Review after his return from the islands and retirement from the army. Unfortunately, Ander­ son's command was all too brief.

Although the Democratic Campaign Book for 1898 included nothing on the Philippines, it did reproduce two letters written by the party’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, that called for the annexation of Cuba almost a century earlier, implying that the Republicans had no monopoly on overseas expansion. It also praised the Teller 22 ENTER TH E P H ILIP PIN ES Amendment, which forbade Cuban annexation, thereby attempting to be all things to all men. A survey of platforms in twenty-five states revealed a similar pattern of ambiguity and reticence.

Is] the frank and loyal acceptance of the sovereignty of America. ” Ilustrados dominated the constitutional convention and used their persua­ sive powers to shape that document and the legislative branch of government. Highly emotional issues—such as the role of friars, the separation of church and state or nationalization of the Church, the choice between a loose confed­ eration with regional and tribal autonomy and a more centralized authority, or the powers and relationships of executive and legislature—merely cloaked the real struggle to limit the powers of the Katipunan, and lower classes in general, and to diffuse any radical thrusts.

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