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Overview

Author

Emilio Aguinaldo

Year Published

1900

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History

At a Glance

  • In 1898 Filipino revolutionary Emilio Aguinaldo (1869–1964) became the first president of the Philippines after declaring it independent from the rule of Spain.
  • That same year, as part of its victory in the Spanish-American War, the United States acquired the Philippines from Spain. The United States did not recognize Aguinaldo's government, which was engaging in guerrilla warfare against U.S. military occupation.
  • In June 1900 Aguinaldo wrote a letter to the American people to try to persuade them to oppose the military action, known as the Philippine-American War (1899–1902).
  • Distributed in the United States by anti-imperialist groups, the letter reveals the injustices and assaults on democracy the war was inflicting on the people of the Philippines.
  • The U.S. government claimed to be protecting the Philippines, which, according to proimperialist Americans, was not yet ready for self-rule. However, in his letter Aguinaldo attempts to expose American hypocrisy by portraying the United States as a tyrannical imperialist oppressor curtailing the liberty of Filipino patriots.
  • Aguinaldo's letter was ultimately unsuccessful, and the Philippines remained a U.S. possession until 1946.
  • Aguinaldo's letter is an important document reflecting early U.S. attempts to become a colonial power in the world.

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