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TOWARDS A PEOPLE’S HISTORY Who is Renato Constantino? What is history according to him? What do we mean by “people’s history” and what is its significance? TOWARDS A PEOPLE’S HISTORY By: Renato Constantino The young Renato Constantino learned about patriotism from his grandmother, who told him endless stories about friar abuses and her family’s sufferings under American rule, and from his lawyer-father, who was critical of leaders who did not fight for the country’s independence Colonial Scholarship Filipino historians were captive of Spanish and American historiography Both viewed Philippine history according to their prejudices The need to rewrite Philippine History from the point of view of Filipinos There were scholars who tried but they failed The Task at Hand The task is to advance to the writing of a truly Filipino History The principal focus must be on the anonymous masses of individuals and social forces generated by their collective lives and struggles History is the story of man the collective Without society there can be no history and there are no societies without men Motivators of History The mass of human beings are the motivators of change and of history The common people possess the

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