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 struggle and the way it challenged America's experience of innocence. He examines the jobs of key actors-the generals and presidents, the warriors and senators-in America's colonial experience. "The so much thorough, balanced, and well-written research up to now of America's imperial event within the western Pacific and the main persuasive research of the numerous 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 recent York occasions ebook evaluate "A triumph of study, synthesis and storytelling, this can be the wisest ebook on its topic and, implicitly, an important cultural critique of the U.S. 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 priceless positive aspects 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 fundamental sources."-Jack C. Lane, The magazine of yankee historical past
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For those whose anti-imperialism was motivated by racial fear, the purchase proved the inferiority of Filipinos in that they could be sold like cattle. ”31 Warily, the president embarked on another speaking tour in December to the South, whence came the most virulent congressional opposition to the Treaty of Paris. He bypassed the Southern representatives in Washington by appealing directly to the people, as he had done in the Midwest two months earlier. ” McKinleys actions weeks before the vote on ratification was an extraordinary attempt to hand the Senate a fait accompli.
In addition, Aguinaldo and forty followers would go into exile with half of the $800,000 promised to the insurgents. When a stipu lated number of guns were surrendered, half of which had to be modern, Aguinaldo's group in exile would receive the second half of the money, a gen eral amnesty would be proclaimed, and a final Te Deum would be sung in Ma nila's cathedral, signaling the encj of the civil war. Actually, both sides flagrantly violated the terms as well as the spirit of the settlement.
This limited victory chased a few of the most conservative ilustrados to Manila, where they reenforced the narrow view of General Otis that Aguinaldo s government represented little more than ignorant and self-serving men who could never control the archi pelago. Many ilustrados remained, however, to provide Aguinaldo with crucial civilian and military leadership until the cause seemed militarily hopeless. In addition to class differences within his following, there were also rival revolutionary movements that plagued Aguinaldo, such as the Guardia de Honor in the Ilocos region of northwestern Luzon.