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"Benevolent Assimilation": American Conquest of the by Stuart Creighton Miller

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 experience of innocence. He examines the jobs of key actors-the generals and presidents, the warriors and senators-in America's colonial event. "The so much thorough, balanced, and well-written learn up to now of America's imperial experience within the western Pacific and the main persuasive research of the various reactions of the yank 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 booklet evaluation "A triumph of analysis, synthesis and storytelling, this can be the wisest booklet 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 beneficial 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 yankee background

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His novel, Noli t h e s o l d ie r a s d ip l o m a t 33 Me Tangere, has been compared to Uncle Toms Cabin, in that it had a similar galvanizing effect on Filipino nationalism to that which Harriet Beecher Stowe s work had on American abolitionism. Like Stowes book, Rizals novel had more political than literary significance. In spite of the conservative nature of the Propaganda Movement, Spain overreacted to it, exiling Rizal in 1892 and executing him four years later. 1 A more important base for the Insurrection of 1896 than the Propaganda Movement was the Katipunan, a secret society founded by Andres Bonifacio, a laborer from Manilas Tondq District, on the very day of Rizals banishment in 1892.

Ileto has discerned idioms and symbols similar to those of Christs passion and other biblical themes in the initiation rites and other rituals of the Katipunan, placing it more squarely within this Filipino revolutionary tradition. At least, “the orig­ inal Katipunan of Bonifacio conceived of revolution as an experience of pasion,” Ileto argues convincingly. After several years of secret existence, the Katipunan was betrayed in the confessional by a Spanish priest. In a wave of hysteria, induced partially by the history of heretical religiorevolutionary sects, the Spanish rounded up thou­ sands of Katipuneros and suspects and incarcerated, tortured, and executed many of them.

16 But many Germans had fled the militarism that dominated their native country and feared that an American empire would nurture similar conditions in their adopted land. Milwaukee’s Freidenker declared that “the coming mili­ tarism is already here” and expressed gratitude that “the overwhelming major­ ity of our citizens of German descent stand by common sense and high princi­ ples” on the issue of imperialism. ” If the government was truly interested in helping the oppressed, it should go to the aid of the “poor Hindus,” this editor taunted.

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