Disseminating Empire

in Visualizing American Empire

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226075334
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075303 | DOI:
Disseminating Empire

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This chapter elaborates on the connection between the Philippines and American empire by exploring how the American press depicted the Philippines as an Oriental nation devoid of civilization—a site waiting for American prayers as manifest in the pretense of colonization. Through a close reading of popular media sources, it asks how Americans, in the context of their own homes, visually consumed the spectacle of America's new colony. Two New York-based newspapers, William Randolph Hearst's New York Evening Journal and Joseph Pulitzer's the World, and two national magazines, Harper's Weekly and McClure's, each represented the Philippines as an exoticized location with an Oriental nature. The American media, controlled by individuals such as Hearst and Pulitzer, helped sell the war along with countless magazines and newspapers.

Keywords: Philippines; American empire; American press; colonization; Evening Journal; World; Harper's Weekly; McClure's; Oriental nation

Chapter.  9577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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