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The Shadow of Torture: Debating US Transgressions in Military Interventions, 1899–2008


Katrin Dauenhauer

The photographs from Abu Ghraib triggered a debate on torture in the United States that has been led with a significant amount of visibility. What has been noticeably absent, however, is a thorough historical contextualization of US torture following September 11, 2001. The Shadow of Torture analyzes the debates on torture during the Vietnam War and the Philippine-American War and shows that the current controversy did not arise out of a political vacuum but reflects and draws upon pre-existing discursive contexts and practices.
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Chapter OneIntroduction: Debating US Torture in Military Interventions, 1899–2008

Chapter Two“Curing” the Natives: Debating US Torture During the Philippine-American War, 1899–1902

“A Little Roughly Handled”: Accounts of Torture by American Servicemen

A Racial State of Exception

Progress, Civilization, Torture: The United States’ “Call to Duty”

“How Very Unpleasant!”: Public Opinion and the Anti-Imperialist League

Chapter ThreeForgetting/Rewriting/Reclaiming: Shadows of the Philippine-American War, 1899–1902

Forgetting and Remembering

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