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The historical novel is about an African-American soldier who served in the Philippines in 1899 in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Schroeder tells the story of Private David Fagen, a black American soldier in search of inclusion and respect who volunteers to serve his country in time of war. At the time, a great many blacks welcomed the opportunity to show their countrymen that Negro blood was just as good as a white man's when spilled in defense of Old Glory. Begun in 1899, the war was America's first overseas war of conquest and occupation—and it killed four hundred thousand Filipinos.

In mid-summer 1899, companies of the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Black infantry Regiments arrived by ship from San Francisco. In his book, Smoked Yankees and the Struggle for Empire, Dr. Gatewood speaks of the black soldiers' dismay when they learned that Uncle Sam and Jim Crow had marched arm in arm into the Philippines. In many ways, the racial prejudice the men faced in the ranks was far worse than they'd experienced as civilians. Not surprisingly, racial prejudice directed toward blacks co-existed with prejudice against the Filipino. In time, the Asian pejoratives "dink," "gook," "slope" and "gugu" became interchangeable with "nigger," "coon" and "sambo." To further complicate matters, the black soldiers discovered they weren't fighting Spanish troops, but Filipino resistance fighters instead. These were men and women seeking freedom from oppression in their own land—something the black soldiers knew well. This was the moral dilemma that weighed heavily on their hearts—the black man's quest to achieve first-class citizenship through battlefield heroism meant bringing virtual slavery to another colored race. The soldiers spoke of being "caught between the devil and the deep blue sea," and they searched for a moral compromise. In time, the black Americans developed an affinity for the Filipinos. In the midst of this chaotic backdrop, protagonist, Private David Fagen, decided he could no longer participate in the destruction of another colored race, and one late night in November 1899, he defected and joined Aguinaldo's army. (Excerpt from an interview of the author by Rudy Rimando at http://hnn.us/articles/8658.html)

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OOV Bookshelf 2005

DECEMBER 2005 FEATURE

In Ordinary Time: Poems, Parables, Poetics (1973-2003)
by Gémino H. Abad

Ilustrado Politics: Filipino Elite Responses to American Rule
by Michael Cullinane

One Hundred Love Poems: Philippine Love Poetry Since 1905
by Gémino H. Abad and Alfred A. Yuson

SEPTEMBER 2005 FEATURE

Tutubi, Tutubi, Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe
ni Jun Cruz Reyes

Fourteen Love Stories
edited by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
and Angelo R. Lacuesta

Makinilyang Altar
ni Luna Sicat-Cleto

The Givenchy Code: An Homage and a Parody
by ER Escober

Bago ang Babae: Mga Tula
ni Rebecca T. Añonuevo

Southeast Asian Archaeology: Wilhelm G. Solheim II Festschrift
edited by Victor Paz

Pablo Neruda: Mga Piling Tula
edited by Virgilio Arlmario and
Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr.

Remembering NVM
by Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.

JUNE 2005 FEATURE

A Book of Her Own
by Leny M. Strobel

Ang Singsing ng Dalagang Marmol
by Isabelo de los Reyes

Ipaghiganti Mo Ako
by Precioso Palma

Sa Ngalan ng Diyos
by Faustino S. Aguilar

Selected Poems
by Merlie M. Alunan

Decimal Places
by Ricardo M. de Ungria

Mga Kaluluwa sa Kumunoy
ni Efren R. Abueg

Sapagkat Iniibig Kita
ni Epifanio San Juan, Jr.

Constructing the Filipina: a history of women's magazines (1891-2002)
by Georgina Reyes Encanto

APRIL 2005 FEATURE

A Country of Our Own: Partitioning the Philippines
by David C. Martinez

I Take Thee, English, for My Beloved
by Eileen R. Tabios

Habagat at Niyebe
ni Edgar Bacong

The Forbidden Book: The Philippine American War in Political Cartoons
by Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel and Helen Toribio

JANUARY 2005 FEATURE

Cousins of Color
by William Schroeder

Buhay sa Angono (Life in Angono)
by Timoteo Saguinsin

Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History
by Resil B. Mojares

The Invisible Palace
by José Manuel Tesoro

Matadora
poems by Sarah Gambito

Servants of Globalization
by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas



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Cousins of Color
by William Schroeder

Buhay sa Angono (Life in Angono)
by Timoteo Saguinsin

Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History
by Resil B. Mojares

The Invisible Palace
by José Manuel Tesoro

Matadora
poems by Sarah Gambito

Servants of Globalization
by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas