Education: Thomasite Troubles

In July 1901, three years after the Battle of Manila Bay and only four months after the capture of rebellious Leader Emilio Aguinaldo, the Army transport Thomas sailed from San Francisco to the Philippines with an expeditionary force of some 600 U. S. schoolteachers. The "Thomasites," 170 of them women, had been sent by an idealistic nation to civilize the new little brown brothers not with Krag-Jorgensens but with schoolbooks. Their crowning accomplishment was the training of the nucleus of 25,000 English-speaking Filipino teachers who now staff the island schools. Those Thomasites who...

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