Friday, June 28, 2013

Today -100: June 28, 1913: Of job lots

The LAT has an editorial objecting to the idea being floated by, well, probably no one, that the US sell the Philippines to Japan. I presume the LAT’s intentions here are to use anti-Japanese bigotry to tar Woodrow Wilson’s plans to give the Philippines independence. By an interesting logic, the Times says that the Filipinos became American citizens by a combination of conquest and purchase, just like California, so it would be morally wrong to “turn these American citizens in a job lot over to Japan”. The Times also worries that without American protection, these citizens might be forced to abandon their property or “sell it for a song to Japanese purchasers.” As opposed to the recent California law forcing Japanese people to sell their property or lose it.

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