Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903

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Yale University Press, 1982 - HISTORY - 340 pages
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"American acquisition of the Philippines in 1898 became a focal point for debate on American imperialism and the course the country was to take now that the Western frontier had been conquered. U.S. military leaders in Manila, unequipped to understand the aspirations of the native revolutionary movement, failed to respond to Filipino overtures of accommodation and provoked a war with the revolutionary army. Back home, an impressive opposition to the war developed on largely ideological grounds, but in the end it was the interminable and increasingly bloody guerrilla warfare that disillusioned America in its imperialistic venture. This book presents a searching exploration of the history of America's reactions to Asian people, politics, and wars of independence." -- Book Jacket

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I read this because I've been doing some family history research and learned that an ancestor did a 2.5 year stint in Subic Bay/Olongapo. I honestly couldn't remember very much HS history on the post ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sean Brennan - Goodreads

Excellent work that leaves any individual who would regard themselves as a 'compassionate human being' appalled at the atrocities committed in the name of 'freedom', this barbaric treatment of a whole population, that was seen by the vast majority of Americans as 'savages' simply ashamed! Read full review


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Page ii - Finally, it should be the earnest and paramount aim of the military administration to win the confidence, respect and affection of the inhabitants of the Philippines by assuring them in every possible way that full measure of individual rights and liberties which is the heritage of free peoples, and by proving to them that the mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation, substituting the mild sway of justice and right for arbitrary rule.

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