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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 experience. "The such a lot thorough, balanced, and well-written examine up to now of America's imperial event 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 instances ebook assessment "A triumph of study, synthesis and storytelling, this can be the wisest e-book 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 useful gains of the paintings. . . . should 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 heritage

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Apparently they had advised Gorman to delay the vote for ratification until a more enlightened electorate was able to pressure the Senate into rejecting the treaty. But men like Gorman and Bacon were, above all, practical politicians who had little faith that a handful of professional reformers in Boston, already famous for championing lost causes, could make a difference. Both voted against the treaty, though, as a lame-duck senator, Gorman did not have to had he had ulterior motives, as charged.

America has come to us manifesting a protection as decisive as it is undoubtedly disin­ terested toward our inhabitants, considering us as sufficiently civilized and ca­ pable of governing for ourselves our unfortunate country,” he declared on May 24, 1898. 6 While bottling up the Spanish in Manila, directing the conquest of Luzon, establishing ties with other insurrectos on the various islands, and creating a revolutionary government, Aguinaldo also found time to write a Declaration of 38 THE SOLDIER AS DIPLOMAT Independence and even to design a flag for the new republic.

With the return of the conservatives to power in 1870, the short-lived reforms were hastily rescinded, and de la Torre was recalled from Manila. These events helped fuel a workers’ rebellion at the arsenal at Cavite in 1872. It was brutally suppressed by the Spanish, leaving behind a sullen resentment that would be exploited by a later revolutionary movement. Filipino intellectuals reacted more cautiously to this turn of events and utilized their persuasion to press for the return of the liberal reforms.

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