Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: I have Mingled Freely

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I have Mingled Freely

This letter talks about a young black man who speaks out on his issues with the Americans. This had occured becasue the army of occupation didnt treat them as people. The spaniards were polite and treated them with companionship. "As soon as they saw that the native troops were desirous of sharing in the glories as well as the hardship of the hard won battles with the Americans, began to apply home treatment for colered people" The Americans were mean to the black people, they would steal from them, rob them on the street of their small change. They would do whatever they could to bother them and would kick the poor if he would dare complain. Lastly, he states that at the next election you should put the right politcal party in power. Not the people who rob, and steal..


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Yes, and no. The young black man is an American as well. You are correct the army of occupation had a poor record in its treatment of Filipino civilians at the time. The people were mistreated, as they often are during a war of counterinsurgency. The reason I chose this article is that it shows how far an army of occupation can stray from the noble ideals embodied in the propaganda of the period. Real war rarely lives up to the idealism of propaganda.

2/20/2006 10:31 PM  

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