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The term “Filipino” offers more than a call to nationality; it also recalls the genesis of colonization in the Philippines. This thesis explores the colonial interventions of the United States in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century, homing in on the Filipino education system as the United States’ primary method of colonizing the Filipino mind. Drawing from texts by Senator Alfred Beveridge, President William McKinley, the Philippine Commission, David Barrows, and Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera, I offer an ideological criticism that demonstrates a cyclical nature between both justificatory rhetoric and ideology. Working with “ideological clusters,” this thesis demonstrates how justificatory discourse was used to mobilize American colonialism, yielding both symbolic and material consequences for the Filipino people.
Colonial rhetorics; Ideological criticism; Justificatory rhetoric; Postcolonialism
American Studies | Asian American Studies | Communication | Rhetoric
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Pico, Johansen Christopher, "Colonization of the Philippines: An Analysis of U.S. Justificatory Rhetoric" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4182.
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