The Philippines Reader illuminates the history of the continuing struggle of the Philippines [sic] people for true independence and social justice. Daniel Schirmer and Stephen Shalom have put together in a single volume readings and documents providing essential background - from the turn-of-the-century U.S. war of conquest to the new administration of Corazon Aquino.
Analytical articles from varying authors explore, among other topics, the nature of the U.S. colonial regime, the role of the church, conflicts with national minorities, the situation of labor, peasants, and women, and U.S. policy, as well as prospects for the future.
Documentary selections in this Philippines Reader come from such diverse sources as the CIA and the State Department; U.S. Presidents McKinley and Reagan; Philippine leaders Aguinaldo and Aquino; Philippine nationalist and left organizations such as the Anti-Bases Coalition, Bayan, Kaakbay, and the New People's Army; and U.S. opponents of foreign intervention.
The editors introduce, explain, and tie together over eighty readings making this the most complete introduction available on events in the Philippines.
Daniel B. Schirmer is the author of Republic or Empire and has been a leading figure in Friends of the Filipino People (FFP). Stephen R. Shalom has written The United States and the Philippines: A Study of Neocolonialism and also works with FFP.