"In order to read the destiny of a people, it is necessary to open the book of its past" - Dr. Jose P. Rizal
“The HISTORY of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.” - Meridel Le Sueur , American writer, 1900-1996
In the (first stage) past, our history was written mainly by our colonizers. Our image of ourselves and of our past was shaped by the writings of these foreigners, most of whom emphasized the benefits of Spanish or American colonization but disregarded the sufferings such colonization imposed on the people.
At that time, our constituted authority was the Malolos Republic and the Americans were in fact the aggressors who deprived us of our freedom by the use of force. After Aguinaldo's capture, he branded those Filipinos who continued fighting as bandits, and so did the Americans. In the annals of the American-led Philippine Constabulary, many of the leaders of the resistance to American rule were listed as bandits: Macario Sakay, Luciano San Miguel, Felipe Salvador, Dionisio Magbuelas, to name a few.
Therefore, a people's history carefully examines the colonizer's policies; it shows how these policies served his economic and political interests and what were their effects on the lives of the colonized. It also evaluates Filipino leaders in terms of whether they served the colonial master or defended the interests of their people.
Such qualifications prevented the participation of the masses. In fact, only 1.41% of the population voted. Thus, while the Americans provided for the mechanics of democracy, they made sure that the victors would come from the elite class that they were building up for leadership. And sure enough, the candidates were generally from the propertied and conservative families in the provinces. From then on, the elite effectively controlled political power while the masses were given empty illusion of a so-called democratic electoral process.
- Pedro S. de Achutegui and Miguel Bernad. Aguinaldo and the Revolution - A Documentary History, Ateneo de Manila, 1972.
- John R.M.Taylor, The Philippine Insurrection Against the United States, 5 Volumes, Pasay city, Eugenio Lopez Foundation, 1971
- Renato Constantino, A Past Revisited, Quezon City, Tala Publishing Services, 1975
“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them”. – Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992
THE PROBLEM WITH WITH AMERICA'S HISTORY BOOKS
Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick Interview - DEMOCRACY NOW! (Part 2 of 2) 11/16/2012
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