By Stuart Creighton Miller
American acquisition of the Philippines and Filipino resistance to it grew to become 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 so much 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 hot York occasions publication overview "A triumph of analysis, synthesis and storytelling, this can be the wisest e-book on its topic and, implicitly, an important cultural critique of the USA 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 invaluable 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 basic sources."-Jack C. Lane, The magazine of yank background
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A few imperialist editors were dismayed over the purchase of territory al ready conquered: ‘‘Twenty million for what? ” Anti-imperialist editors, particularly those who had held ab olitionist sympathies, bitterly attacked the purchase of ten million natives at two dollars a head. 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.
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. On the last legislative day before the vote, the Kansas Populist William Harris swung his vote in favor of the treaty, but the Republicans still needed two more.
Early in 1898, a combined Anglo-American fleet did line up in battle formation to intimidate a smaller German squadron off Samoa. The confrontation was reported with some fanfare in the nation’s press, whose editors invariably blamed it on the “arrogant boy emperor” in Berlin. One historian has discerned “an almost pathological suspicion of Germany . . 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.