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Five years of the War Department following the war with Spain, 1899-1903 [Philippine Insurrection]

United States. 1904. Five years of the War Department following the war with Spain, 1899-1903, as shown in the Annual reports of the Secretary of War. Washington, D.C.: The Dept.  – http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/568044050

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What oath were insurgent Filipinos desiring amnesty in 1900 asked to take?
  • How did the US government view the people they called Tagalogs?
  • What sorts of Filipinos were exiled to Guam in 1901?
  • What pest killed off about 90% of Filipino draft animals?

Description:

This work should probably be taken with a grain of salt and cross-checked against other resources. This five year compilation of annual reports of the War Department following the War with Spain was not only written by the victors, but by people who felt they had a superior claim of civilization based on the color of their skin.

Nonetheless it will come in handy for writers by serving as a useful chronology of events for the Philippine Insurrection. It may also help sculpt situations and characters, especially ones with the racialist attitudes of the late 19th Century.

For an overview of the United States intended to shape the Philippines, read through President McKinley’s instructions to the civil Philippines Commission, starting on page 407.

This work is divided by year. The order of the subjects covered varies from year to year. Fortunately, there is an index starting on page 495. Aside from using “Philippines” as a starting point, look at “recommendations made concerning” starting on page 519, or for “Philippines” under other headings.

Although this work is being cited here as a resource on the US efforts to suppress Filipino resistance, this volume also documents the US point of view in the following campaigns:

  • The Military Government of Porto Rico.
  • The Development and Establishment of the Republic of Cuba.
  • The China Relief Expedition of 1900.

The book can be freely downloaded from Google Books and is available in paper at many Federal Depository Libraries. The WorldCat link given for this work links to a HathiTrust version that can be read online, but not downloaded.

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