“ To me, it is Mark Twain who is a hero, because he denounced President Theodore Roosevelt after Roosevelt had praised an American general who had massacred hundreds of people in the Philippines” (Vol. 1, p. x).
“ As he [President McKinley] prayed for guidance, he became convinced that ‘there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them… And then I went to bed and went to sleep and slept soundly” (Vol. 1, p. 187).
Mark Twain said: “ ‘We have pacified some thousands of the islanders and buried them; destroyed their fields; burned their villages, and turned their widows and orphans out-of-doors… And so, by these Providences of God—the phrase is the government’s, not mine—we are a World Power’ ” (Vol. 1, p. 189).
“ A black soldier named William Fulbright wrote from Manila, the capital of the Philippines, ‘This struggle on the islands has been naught but a gigantic scheme of robbery and oppression’ ” (Vol. 1, p. 190).
“ Black American soldiers in the Philippines had mixed feelings. Some felt pride, the desire to show that blacks were as courageous and patriotic as whites. Some wanted the chance to get ahead in life through the military” (Vol. 1, p. 190).
“ Some others [Black soldiers] felt that they were fighting a brutal war against people of color—not too different from the violence against black people in the United States, where drunken white soldiers in Tampa, Florida, started a race riot by using a black child for target practice” (Vol. 1, p. 190).
Emma Goldman wrote: “But when the smoke was over, the dead buried, and the cost of the war came back to the people in an increase in the price of commodities…and rent—that is, when we sobered up from our patriotic spree—it suddenly dawned on us that the cause of the Spanish American war was the price of sugar… that the lives, blood and money of the American people were used to protect the interests of the American capitalists” (Vol. 2, p. 1).