About the Title

COCA-COLA is a soft drink sold in the Philippines since 1912. Here, it represents the penetration of U.S. capitalism into the Philippines.


KRAGS were a rifle used by American soldiers during the Philippine-American War. The Krag-Jørgensen was designed by the Norwegians Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jørgensen in the late 19th century. From 1900 onward, it served as the primary rifle of the United States Army. Krags were responsible for the deaths of many thousands of Filipinos during the war.

Krag-Jorgenson rifle

UNCLE SAM is a fictional representative of the United States Government. He a narrator in this book.

Uncle Sam

U.S. is an abbreviation for the United States, or the United States of America.

Uncle Sam

IMPERIALISM is the forceful extension of a nation’s authority by territorial gain or by the establishment of economic and/or political dominance over other nations. In the early 20th Century, the Philippines became an important part of America's overseas empire. Imperialism is the major subject of this book; it is a strong word but it accurately describes the history of U.S. Government intervention in the Philippines.