June 30

Ep. 0008: The Philippines War, Part I

I started off intending this to be a single episode, but after working on it for only a short while, I realized it was going to take two to get through everything I wanted to say about this war.

This is not a happy subject, but sometimes uncomfortable truths are among the most necessary to come to grips with.  Be warned:  My coverage of this war is brutally honest, and at times I’ll use some rough language (generally when quoting commentators of the time period.)

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The outbreak of fighting between Filipino nationalists and American occupying forces
  • How the Treaty of Paris passed & the United States ‘acquired’ the Philippines
  • Contemporary quotes both for and against keeping the Philippines
  • How American military leaders led the Filipino leaders (during the war with Spain) to believe that America supported Filipino independence, but then denied anything of the type once McKinley decided to keep the archipelago for the US – alienating and angering many Filipinos who initially regarded the US in a friendly, positive light
  • How the war against the Filipinos quickly turned nasty, characterized by war crimes & atrocities (including, but not limited to, the “water cure” depicted in the photo above)
  • The capture of Emilio Aguinaldo 1901, and how that seemed to signal the beginning of the end (though it really wasn’t)

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Posted June 30, 2014 by profcj in category "American History", "Military History", "Podcasts


  1. By DrewfromOz on

    Thanks for this podcast-I’m another who heard you over at TSP.
    I do like different views of history to that which is taught us in school and the mass media.

    1. By profcj (Post author) on

      Thanks, glad you appreciate the show. I think it’s very important to have alternative narratives that are skeptical of the powerful (especially the state), since so much of the mainstream (whether formal educational institutions, mainstream books, and mainstream TV and movies that cover history) are so uncritical and sycophantic to power.

  2. By Edward Jones on

    Hello Prof CJ,
    This has been one of the most enlightening episodes. Now I understand why my high school and college US history classes glossed over the PI war. It was chilling to hear the details of what went on in our name. I’m only half through but I’m sure the yellow press had a large hand in covering up what was really happening. If there is a Hell, I hope W.R. Hearst is there for his criminal lies alone about the USS Maine.
    Thanks again for a great podcast!

    1. By profcj (Post author) on

      Don’t remember if I mentioned it in this episode or not, but a significant percentage of Filipinos subjected to “the water cure” did not survive the experience.


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