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The Resource God's arbiters : americans and the philippines, 1898-1902

God's arbiters : americans and the philippines, 1898-1902

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God's arbiters : americans and the philippines, 1898-1902
Title
God's arbiters
Title remainder
americans and the philippines, 1898-1902
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When the U.S. liberated the Philippines from Spanish rule in 1898, the exploit was hailed at home as a great moral victory, an instance of Uncle Sam freeing an oppressed country from colonial tyranny. The next move, however, was hotly contested: should the U.S. annex the archipelago? The disputants did agree on one point: that the United States was divinely appointed to bring democracy--and with it, white Protestant culture--to the rest of the world. They were, in the words of U.S. Senator Albert Beveridge, "God's arbiters," a civilizing force with a righteous role to play on the world stage. Mining letters, speeches, textbooks, poems, political cartoons and other sources, Susan K. Harris examines the role of religious rhetoric and racial biases in the battle over annexation. She offers a provocative reading both of the debates' religious framework and of the evolution of Christian national identity within the U.S. The book brings to life the personalities who dominated the discussion, figures like the bellicose Beveridge and the segregationist Senator Benjamin Tillman. It also features voices from outside U.S. geopolitical boundaries that responded to the Americans' venture into global imperialism: among them England's "imperial" poet Rudyard Kipling, Nicaragua's poet/diplomat Ruben Dario, and the Philippines' revolutionary leaders Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini. At the center of this dramatis personae stands Mark Twain, an influential partisan who was, for many, the embodiment of America. Twain had supported the initial intervention but quickly changed his mind, arguing that the U.S. decision to annex the archipelago was a betrayal of the very principles the U.S. claimed to promote. Written with verve and animated by a wide range of archival research, God's Arbiters reveals the roots of current debates over textbook content, evangelical politics, and American exceptionalism-shining light on our own times as it recreates the culture surrounding America's global mission at the turn into the twentieth century. --Provided by publisher
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1945-
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Harris, Susan K.
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illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
E183.8.P5
LC item number
H37 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United States
  • Philippines
  • Philippines
  • Philippines
  • Racism
  • United States
  • United States
  • Political messianism
  • Christianity and politics
  • Imperialism
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God's arbiters : americans and the philippines, 1898-1902
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn823041487
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 257 pages
Isbn
9780199307203
Media category
unmediated
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rdacontent
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  • n
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illustrations (black and white)
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  • (Sirsi) i9780199307203
  • (OCoLC)823041487
Label
God's arbiters : americans and the philippines, 1898-1902
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn823041487
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 257 pages
Isbn
9780199307203
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdacontent
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199307203
  • (OCoLC)823041487

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