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The Sexual Economy of WarDiscipline and Desire in the U.S. Army$
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Andrew Byers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736445

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736445.001.0001

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“Benevolent Assimilation” and the Dangers of the Tropics

“Benevolent Assimilation” and the Dangers of the Tropics

The American Occupation of the Philippines, 1898–1918

(p.56) Chapter 2 “Benevolent Assimilation” and the Dangers of the Tropics
The Sexual Economy of War

Andrew Byers

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the U.S. Army occupation of the Philippines from 1898-1918. The long-term military presence in the Philippines represented perceived opportunities and dangers for white American men in the minds of some observers, highlighting the debates about U.S. imperialism in the period. The chapter analyzes the system of regulated prostitution the U.S. Army created and maintained as a means of controlling potential venereal infections among soldiers until public scandal forced an end to the program. The chapter also examines the effects that race and race relations had—both white and black soldiers were deployed to the Philippines—on sexual relations and how these were policed by the army.

Keywords:   Philippines, military, military justice, U.S. Army, sexuality, imperialism, prostitution, venereal disease, race, race relations

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