Pub. Date:
University of California Press
The Embarrassment of Slavery: Controversies over Bondage and Nationalism in the American Colonial Philippines / Edition 1

The Embarrassment of Slavery: Controversies over Bondage and Nationalism in the American Colonial Philippines / Edition 1

by Michael Salman


Current price is , Original price is $36.95. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.


A series of controversies over the existence and meaning of slavery shaped American colonialism and nationalist resistance in the Philippines. While American officials claimed colonialism would free Filipinos from various forms of slavery and American anti-imperialists countered that colonialism itself would constitute new kinds of bondage, the first generation of Filipino nationalists had already appropriated anti-slavery rhetoric in their struggles with Spanish colonialism in the late nineteenth century. From these contentions about slavery as a political metaphor, new disputes erupted when American officials "discovered" the practice of slavery among minority groups, such as the Moro (Muslim) societies of the southern Philippines and animist groups in upland northern Luzon. Michael Salman reconstructs these controversies and charts the successive emergence of slavery as an embarrassment for American colonial officials, Filipino nationalists, and American anti-imperialists.

The Embarrassment of Slavery examines, for the first time, the salience of slavery and abolition in the history of American colonialism and Philippine nationalism.
In doing so, it makes major contributions to the global and comparative study of slavery, abolition, colonialism, and nationalism. This book also expands our understanding of slavery and abolition by explaining the link between the globalization of nationalism and the spread of antislavery as a hegemonic ideology in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520240711
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Michael Salman is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsvii
Introduction: The Genealogy of an Insult1
Part ISlavery and the Colonial Question
1.Anticipating Slavery25
2.Americans Imagine Philippine Slavery44
Part IIAbolition by Avoidance
3.Colonialism and Moro Slavery59
4.Tolerating Slavery71
5.From Mild Slavery to Harsh83
6.Abolition and Colonialism99
Part IIISlavery and the National Question
7.Metaphorics of Slavery and Nation123
8.The Redefinition of the Uncivilized141
9.Non-Christian Slaves and Filipino Subjects161
10.Calumniating the Whole Filipino People181
11.A Scandalous Report199
12.Nationalism and Antislavery213
13.A Nation of Kith and Kin223
14.The Manumission of the Philippines245
Conclusion: Embarrassments in a World of Nations257

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews