America's Leap into Imperialism:
1898, Hawaii and the Philippines
By Tom Coffman
About the Lecture:
Virtually unknown to the American people, the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the
closely associated Philippine-American war reconfigured the USA into a far-flung
imperial power. The event assured America's annexation of the Kingdom of Hawaii. It
reduced the Philippines to a US colony for 48 years and virtually assured an
eventual Pacific war between imperial Japan and the United States.
[Tom Coffman is an independent researcher, writer and filmmaker. His "Nation Within" --
in PBS documentary film and a 400-page book -- developed a new understanding of the
centrality of Hawaii to America's design on the Pacific. In the process, the nation of
Hawaii was destroyed in 1898; the Spanish empire was commandeered, to the disastrous
long-term interests of both the Philippines and the US. Coffman is also the author of
the much-acclaimed Catch a Wave and other publications including America's
The CPS Filipino Centennial Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more
information, please visit the Center for Philippine Studies website at
or call Clem Montero at 956-6086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venue & Date: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, University
of Hawaii at Manoa, Oct. 25, 2005, Tuesday, 12:00-2:00pm.
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