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marwa1387 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM via web

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How did the attitudes of the American public and American soldiers toward the Philippine conflict compare with their attitudes toward the Indian wars?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM (Answer #1)

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The American public was not as enthusiastic about the conflict in the Philippines.  There was more of an attitude among some Americans that the US had no business being in the Philippines in the first place.  There was no such ambivalence towards the Indian wars.

On the part of the soldiers, attitudes were somewhat similar.  In both cases, there was a great deal of hatred for the enemy.  In both cases, the hatred was expressed in racial terms at times.  They saw the Indians as savages and tended to call the Filipinos "niggers."  Both wars could at times be quite brutal.

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