The Annexation of Hawaii

Who was involved in Annexing Hawaii?

Thesis

Hawaii became annexed by the United States on July 7, 1898, then on June 14, 1900, Hawaii became a U.S. territory, Hawaii would not become a state until 1959.

Historic Significance

Hawaii became annexed by the United States on July 7, 1898, then on June 14, 1900, Hawaii became a U.S. territory, Hawaii would not become a state until 1959. This topic is important in history because this is showing the change between Governments. From a Monarchy to a Democratic Government, the process it took for the U.S. to annex Hawaii, and the struggle the Hawaiians went through being forced to change their way of life. What I want the reader to take away from my project is for them to take information that they never knew about the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Is Hawaii legally and lawfully a State of the Union?

After Studying the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, I feel that the Overthrow is illegal and unlawful. They forced King Kalakaua to sign a Constitution which diminished the powers of the monarchy and limited the voting power of all except the wealthy, which made most Hawaiians disenfranchised. This Constitution is called the Bayonet Constitution. Also when U.S. President Grover Cleveland ordered an investigation on the overthrow, officials found that the Queen had been removed from power unjustly. Cleveland ordered that all U.S. flags be taken down from the buildings, and return the power back to the Queen, Sanford B. Dole refused to leave, he said the only way to return the power back was if they were killed. This left Cleveland in an uncomfortable position, so he let the Committee of Safety do what they wanted. The U.S. forced their way into the Hawaiian Government and made their place as a leader and took over.

Supplemental Information

The First Image is a portrait of Queen Lili'uokalani taken in 1887. The Second image is of the Group members that are in the Hawaiian League and Committee of Safety. The third image is of the Marines who were aboard the USS Boston that illegally landed on Hawaii.

Work Cited

"Queen Liliuokalani, 1887 - Portrait." Queen Liliuokalani, 1887 - Portrait. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.

"Committee of Safety (Hawaii)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.

"Hawaiian Kingdom Blog." Hawaiian Kingdom Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar.