Fagen: An African American Renegade in the Philippine-American War

Fagen: An African American Renegade in the Philippine-American War

by Michael Morey


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In 1898, in an era of racial terror at home and imperial conquest abroad, the United States sent its troops to suppress the Filipino struggle for independence, including three regiments of the famed African American "Buffalo Soldiers." Among them was David Fagen, a twenty-year-old private in the Twenty-Fourth Infantry, who deserted to join the Filipino guerrillas. He led daring assaults and ambushes against his former comrades and commanders—who relentlessly pursued him without success—and his name became famous in the Philippines and in the African American community.

The outlines of Fagen's legend have been known for more than a century, but the details of his military achievements, his personal history, and his ultimate fate have remained a mystery—until now. Michael Morey tracks Fagen's life from his youth in Tampa as a laborer in a phosphate camp through his troubled sixteen months in the army, and, most importantly, over his long-obscured career as a guerrilla officer. Morey places this history in its larger military, political, and social context to tell the story of the young renegade whose courage and defiance challenged the supremacist assumptions of the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299319403
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 286,707
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Morey is a writer and independent historian. He lives in Sonoma County, California.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations    
Part One: The Young Man from Tampa
1 The Young Man from Tampa         
2 Santiago      
3 The Far Side of the World  
4 Westward    
5 The Waiting Game  
6 Permissions to Hate
7 Benevolent Assimilation     
8 Snowbound 
9 “Fighting Fred” Funston     
10 Slander      
11 Stalemate  
12 Sequoia     
13 The White Man’s Burden 
14 Aguinaldo Adrift  
15 Over the Hill         
Part Two: Renegade
16 Another Kind of War       
17 Billet Doux
18 The Death of Captain Godfrey     
19 “The Afro-American Traitor Called David”         
20 Urbano Lacuna     
21 Mount Corona       
22 Alstaetter  
23        Funston’s Great Roundup     
24 Sergeant Washington and Captain Fagen 
25 Fall Offensive       
26 Old Scores
27 “General Fagan”   
28 “Negritos Soldados”         
29 “The Courage of His Convictions”           
30 Alstaetter Revisited          
31 A Christmas Souvenir       
32 The Revolution Falters      
33 The Road to Palanan         
34 Surrender  
Part Three: Ladrone
35 Ladrone     
36 The Renegade Comes to Town     
37 A People’s War     
38 “The Old Arch-Renegade Fagan”
A Note on Sources     

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