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                Description: Spanish-American War 1

Sampler
Spanish-American War
       
               sampler  3’-14”   (26’ lecture)

During Cuba’s revolt against Spain in the late 1880s and early 1890s, what is the U.S. ultimatum to Spain  which demonstrates that U.S. intervention is not based on moral grounds?                            
                    
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Behind the ultimatum.  Paradox of America’s ultimatum to Spain during the Cuban revolt in the late 1880s actually supports America’s business interests.
 

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Why the war starts.  Factors behind American public mindset, including Hearst’s “yellow journalism” and the blowing up of American battleship, Maine, leads to Spanish-American War of 1898.
 

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American Empire begins.  End of brief “Splendid Little War,” with Teddy Roosevelt a self-made hero, is the beginning of the American Empire, providing naval fueling stations across the Pacific.  Evidence of the connection between economics and politics.
 

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Philippines guerilla war.  America takes the Philippine Islands from Spain, the gateway to Asia and China, and responds brutally to a 2-year guerilla war by the native population, including the creation of concentration camps.
 

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Who rules Cuba?  The Teller Amendment declares Cuba independent, but then the Platt Amendment gives the U.S. the right to control its economy if it deems necessary, a foreign policy extended to Latin America throughout the 20th century.  The racial issue concerning blacks in Cuba.