What’s worth celebrating on the 4th of July?

On July 4, 1902, Teddy Roosevelt issued a general proclamation of amnesty to “the Filipinos who have been in rebellion” against American troops, so long as they would “recognize and accept the supreme authority of the United States in the Philippine Islands[.]” At the end of the Spanish-American War, Spain agreed to transfer “ownership” of the Philippines to the United States for 20 million dollars. The problem…

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Dan Canon

Dan Canon

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Civil rights lawyer, law professor, and high school dropout. Writes about the Midwest, class struggle, and the untold horrors of the legal system.