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Empire's Proxy: American Literature and U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines

Meg Wesling


In the late nineteenth century, American teachers descended on the Philippines, which had been newly purchased by the United States at the end of the Spanish–American War. Motivated by President McKinley's project of “benevolent assimilation,” they established a school system that centered on English language and American literature to advance the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, which was held up as justification for the United States' civilizing mission and offered as a promise of moral uplift and political advancement. Meanwhile, on American soil, the field of American literature w ... More

Keywords: Philippines, Spanish–American War, school system, American literature, American teachers, colonial dominance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814794760
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814794760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meg Wesling, author