• Summary
  • Contents

Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 29. Spanish-American War (1898)
Chapter 29. Spanish-American war (1898)
At Issue

The United States cited Spanish atrocities in Cuba and the explosion of the battleship USS Maine as reasons for launching a war against Spain to seize its possessions in the Caribbean and the Philippines.

The Conflict

Amid growing “war fever” in America, stimulated by “yellow journalism” recounting Spanish atrocities against Cubans and encouraged by certain American business interests, President William McKinley ordered ...

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