An Army Woman in the Philippines and the Far East 1914 1st Edition

PRESENTING A RARE AMERICAN BOOK, namely, An Army Woman in the Philippines and the Far East by Caroline S. Shunk, 1914 1st Edition.

Published by Franklin Hudson Publishing Co, Kansas City, Missouri.

Extracts from Letters of an Army Officer’s Wife, Describing Her Personal Experiences in the Philippine Islands.

Presented as a gift to “Lida Calvert Obenchain’ from ‘Lucinda H. Calvert’.

Orange over white cloth, fair 183p, some scuffing and spotting from age and use, head & tail of spine a bit worn, some pages bit of yellowing as usual, many b.w. photos. FIRST & ONLY EDITION The primary resource, based on Mrs. Shunk’s life in the Philippines with a woman’s insight & touch, the first since the occupation of the islands by Americans. Lively written & superbly illustrated with period b.w. photographs of the natives, scenery & good views of the sights. The story unfolds at the beginning of her voyage from San Francisco, to Guam, on to Japan, China and finally her destination in Manila. It is a very good brief narrative of what she saw on the way, with a keen insight and lovely commentaries. Upon arrival & residence in the Philippines the work turns to an in-depth in-sight to the islands, her people, customs and traditions, and of course life as an army wife.

The previous owner of this book ‘Lida Calvert Obenchain’ was a well known author in her own right. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky but re-located to Dallas, TX at the end of the 19th Century, She wrote a famous novel called ‘Aunt Jane of Kentucky’ that was praised by none other than President Teddy Roosevelt.


American Rule of Philippines:

The islands were ceded by Spain to the United States alongside Puerto Rico and Guam as a result of the latter’s victory in the Spanish–American War.[212] A compensation of US$20 million was paid to Spain according to the terms of the 1898 Treaty of Paris.[213] As it became increasingly clear the United States, the Philippine’s only avowed ally which then subsequently betrayed the nation by dealing with Spain, would not recognize the nascent First Philippine Republic, the Philippine–American War broke out. Brigadier General James F. Smith arrived at Bacolod on March 4, 1899, as the Military Governor of the Sub-district of Negros, after receiving an invitation from Aniceto Lacson, president of the breakaway Cantonal Republic of Negros.[214] The war resulted in the deaths of a minimum of 200,000 and a maximum of 1 Million Filipino civilians, mostly due to famine and disease.[215]

After the defeat of the First Philippine Republic, the archipelago was administered under an American Insular Government.[30] The Americans then suppressed other rebellious sub-states: mainly, the waning Sultanate of Sulu, as well as the insurgent Tagalog Republic and the Republic of Zamboanga in Mindanao.[216][217] During this era, a renaissance in Philippine culture occurred, with the expansion of Philippine cinema and literature.[218][219][220] Daniel Burnham built an architectural plan for Manila which would have transformed it into a modern city.[221] In 1935, the Philippines was granted Commonwealth status with Manuel Quezon as president. He designated a national language and introduced women’s suffrage and land reform.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines#American_rule


An Army Woman in the Philippines and the Far East 1914 1st Edition.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Estate. See above.

Condition: Fair. See above.

Dimensions: 7.5″ Tall, 5.5″ Wide and 1″ Deep

PRICE: $200

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