Bulletin of the American Historical Collection Vol. 39 nos. 1&2
January-June 2011

(29 November 2012)

This double issue for 2011 features an article on Austin Craig, who was one of Jose Rizal's most dedicated biographers and rare photos from Craig's album. It also includes some fascinating notes and commentary by Mary Fee, who was an early Thomasite stationed on Panay. The issue has contributions on the early Filipino pensionados to America, the Manila Boat Club, and on the Peace Corps, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in the Philippines. The intervening pages offer book reviews, poem, and recipes, some new and some from the AHC Library archives.

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Bulletin of the American Historical Collection Vol. 38 no. 4
October-December 2010

Oct-Dec(2 September 2011)

This issue highlights two extremely fascinating real-life stories of American soldiers who fought and lived in the Philippines from 1898 to 1931. The soldiers shared personal experiences as they confront everyday life in Manila.

The first is an excerpt from Needom M. Freeman's firsthand accounts of his stay in the Philippines from 1898 to 1900. Freeman is a member of the 23rd US Infantry, Laredo, Texas. The second part features selected correspondence of Walter Mikesell to his sister while he was on tour of duty in the Philippines from 1899 until his last letter in 1911. The correspondence also showed the relentless effort to continously search for Walter who died in 1930. Mikesell joined the 41st US volunteer Infantry, Camp Meade, Pennsylvania.

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Bulletin of the American Historical Collection Vol. 38 no. 3
July - September 2010

(1 September 2011)

Jul-Sepv 2011The third quarter issue of the Bulletin features a selection of speeches reports, and articles on trade and commerce in the early years of American occupation up to the post World War II.

In addition, profiles of prominent American businessmen in the Philippines from 1899 to 1925, such as, A.L. Ammen of Ammen Transportation Company and John R. Wilson of Agusan Coconut Development Corporation and the Visayan Refining Company, are presented to give readers an overview of the business climate in the first quarter of the 19th century.

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The MacArthur Highway and Other Relics of American Empire in the Philippines
(2 August 2011)

Joseph McCallus, a professor at Columbus State University in Georgia and a regular researcher at AHC, donated his latest book entitled “The MacArthur Highway and Other Relics of American Empire in the Philippines.” McCallus has conducted academic research in the Philippines since 1986. He has published books and journal articles dedicated to Philippine studies, particularly the propaganda of both the Philippine communist movements.

About the Book:

McCallus BookIt has been more than a century since the American conquest and subsequent annexation of the Philippines. Although the nation was given its independence in 1946, American cultural authority remains.

In order to locate and lend significance to the relics of American empire, Joseph McCallus retraces the route Gen. Douglas MacArthur took during his liberation of the country from the Japanese in 1944 and 1945. While following MacArthur’s footsteps, he provides a historical and geographical account of this iconic soldier’s military career, accompanied by a description of the contemporary Philippine landscape. McCallus uses the past and the present to explore how America and MacArthur himself influenced the country’s political and educational systems and language, as well as the ramifications of the continued U.S. military presence and the effects of globalization on traditional Filipino society. He examines the Americans’ influence on its architecture and introduces to the reader the American expatriate business community—people who have lived in the Philippines for decades and continue to help shape the nation. The MacArthur Highway and Other Relics of American Empire in the Philippines is an absorbing look at how American military intervention and colonial rule have indelibly shaped nation decades after the fact.



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