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AN ANONYMOUS SOLDIER


I don’t believe the people in the United States understand the condition of things here. Even the Spanish are shocked. I have seen enough to almost make me ashamed to call myself an American. An anonymous soldier.

NARRATOR


The body count in the Philippines worried President McKinley. Three thousand Americans and 15,000 Filipinos had been killed. U.S. generals in Manila were ordered to censor reporters’ dispatches that contained any unfavorable news.

WALTER LAFEBER

American reporters in the Philippines blamed the generals not the President for this censorship, and their inability to get a lot of this news out. So by the early part of 1900, McKinley was in much better shape politically than he should have been given the number of casualties and the amount of atrocities ah, that were going on in the Philippine revolution.
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