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Mark Twain was the most prominent opponent of the Philippine-American War In its annual report for 1910 the year he died the Anti-Imperialist League noted that he employed in the cause of Anti-Imperialism and in behalf of the Filipino those wonderful weapons of satire which were so absolutely at his command and the members of the League were able to appreciate what is not yet justly understood that more than a brilliant humorist he was a passionate and zealous reformer What was not yet justly understood in 1910 remains so today Nearly eclipsed by his deserved but overwhelming reputation as a humorist Mark Twains writings on the war are among his least known His relationship with the Anti-Imperialist League has received even less attention1 The Philippine-American War the United States first protracted war in Asia marked the beginning of what Henry Luce would later name the American Century When it purchased the Philippines from Spain at the end of the Spanish-American War the United States held only Manila and its suburbs The Filipinos having waged a successful revolution for independence controlled the rest of the country To become a major power in Asia with a naval coaling station in the Philippines providing easier access to the seemingly unlimited commercial markets in China the United States first had to defeat the Filipinos poorly armed but popular army and abolish their newly established republic The war that accomplished this feat officially lasted from February 1899 to July 1902 but regional guerrilla warfare and sporadic rebellions continued well into the next decade Known at the time as the Philippine Insurrection this war lasted longer involved more US troops cost more lives a nd had a more significant impact on the United States than the three-month Spanish-American War that preceded it The conquest of the Philippines was part of a dramatic change in US foreign policy Central and South America had long been within its sphere of influence but
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