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HDS Exhibit Session One Discussion

History Design Studio     |     May 2, 2014

First discussion from the History Design Studio Exhibit

HDS Exhibit Session One

History Design Studio     |     May 10, 2014

First session from the history design studio exhibit

Tides of Bondage

Jeremy Zallen     |     May 10, 2014

A project by Jeremy Zallen

Geographies of Criminality in the American Colonial Philippines, 1904-1924

Benjamin D. Weber     |     April 1, 2014

In the midst of ongoing insurrection, United States military officials desperately sought out new forms of knowledge about the islands on which they were fighting during the Philippine-American War. In October of 1902, well before the fighting was over or the proverbial dust had settled, the U.S. declared an official end to the war and the War Department produced it’s first survey map of the archipelago. This map borrowed heavily from Spanish imperial categories, shading some areas orange to represent control by “civil provincial government” and others green to show control by “Moro and other non-Christian tribes.” At the same time, the Census Bureau gathered and classified information about the people it saw as novel subjects of American rule. Together, these two technologies of governance produced a powerful and lasting set of ideas about religion, race, and regional difference that were mapped onto explanations for criminality over the first twenty years of American occupation.