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God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902

Susan K. Harris


Mark Twain called it “pious hypocrisies.” President McKinley called it “civilizing and Christianizing.” Both were referring to the US annexation of the Philippines in 1899. Drawing on documents ranging from Noah Webster's 1832 History of the United States through Congressional speeches and newspaper articles, and the anti-imperialist writings of Mark Twain, this book assesses the attitudes of Americans and the moralistic rhetoric that governed national and international debates over America's global mission at the turn into the twentieth century. It offers a reading both of the debates' religi ... More

Keywords: Mark Twain, President McKinley, Philippines, Noah Webster, Congressional speeches, anti-imperialism, Christian national identity, global imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199740109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan K. Harris, author
University of Kansas, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture