Sitting in Darkness: Americans in the Philippines

Sitting in Darkness: Americans in the PhilippinesThe Washington Post, February 24, 1985IN WHICH WAR Was The Term Gook Invented When Did American Soldiers Conduct Their First Body Count And Pioneer The Use Of The Water Cure To Persuade Asian Guerrillas To Betray Their Comrades After Which Battle Did A Young Rifleman Write Home To The Folks In Kingston, New York, I Am In My Glory When I Can Sight My Gun On Some Dark Skin And Pull The Trigger Modern As It All Sounds, The Answer Is Not Vietnam, Or Even Korea Or World War II The American Conquest Of The Philippines Barely Rates A Mention In School History Books, Usually As A Cryptic Footnote To The Short War Which President William McKinley And Publisher William Randolph Hearst Waged On Spain In 1898 For The Independence Of Cuba And The Circulation Of Hearst S Newspapers Yet 126,458 Americans Fought In The Philippines Between 1898 And 1902, Of Whom 4,234 Died, While 16,000 Filipinos Died In Battle And Another 200,000 In Reconcentration Camp There Were In Addition Massacres Of Civilians In Reprisal For Guerrilla Attacks And Similar Sideshows All Too Familiar In Subsequent Asian Wars.The Story Of How, And Why America Liberated The Philippines From Spain And Then Took The Islands Back From Their Inhabitants Two Weeks Later Is A Complicated One, Already Well Told In One Of The Classics Of American Historiography, Leon Wolff S Little Brown Brother, Published In 1960 But The Writing Of History Is Never Finished, And David Haward Bain Has Managed Another Fine Book On The Subject, Not Disagreeing With Wolff S Conclusions, But Making Them Fresh And Vivid For A Generation Which Has Seen Yet Another Asian War. Uncle Sam had just defeated Spain during the brief Spanish American war and part of the terms of surrender was the ceding of the Philippines, a Spanish colony for 300 years, to the Americans The Filipinos, who had been fighting Spain for independence long before the Americans came into the picture initially believed the hokum of America s announced intent of a benevolent assimilation for the Philippines but later realized that it was really a malevolent imperialist colonization the Washington based politicians were after so they resisted and they were led by a small, frail looking politician soldier named Emilio Aguinaldo from Cavite who had unmistakable Chinese features.In 1901, acting upon an intelligence information as to the whereabouts of Gen Aguinaldo, American Colonel Frederick Funston, disguised as a captured prisoner with a few other American soldiers embarked on a hundred mile journey towards Aguinaldo s hideout in Palanan, Isabela with their Filipino captors The author himself took his own expedition in 1982 to retrace Funton s long journey then wrote this book which sometimes alternates between the present the 1980s sometime immediately after the EDSA Revolution which toppled the Marcos dictatorship to Funston s time.What I find delightfully unique a
A quite readable story of the United States earliest involvement in the Philipines and it role well in to the later part of the 20th century.A combination history, biography F Funston , political analysis and personal journey travelogue of the author.Briefly inconsistent in detail and or bread

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • Sitting in Darkness: Americans in the Philippines
  • David Haward Bain
  • English
  • 18 July 2017
  • 9780395352854