A Kingdom Behind Bars

A culture vanished into the backstreets of America

Thesis

The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom came into effect on January 17, 1893 with the roles of President Cleveland, President McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens.

Historical Significance

The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom came into effect on January 17, 1893 with the roles of President Cleveland, President McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens. This topic was a key factor in history because it was a huge reason why people live in Hawaii now. Without the true facts of knowing how Hawaii became a part of the United States, Hawaiians won’t really know what their culture is really about. Residents living on the Islands will not really know the uproot struggles of how “paradise” came to be on this island. This topic was a major part of history because it changes how people view Hawaii and the United States. Knowing how the overthrow came to be should spark an act of how the United States was a really big role in Hawaii. Going past all the coconut trees and beauty of Hawaii, and stepping a foot deeper impacts how living on an island came to be was not just another initiation. There was hurt, tears, and guts that permanently marks Hawaii.

Is Hawaii Legally and Lawfully A State of The Union?

After the study of this, coming to a say that I really think Hawaii isn't a legally and lawfully a state of the Union. Going back to how President McKinley proposed a Joint Resolution on annexing Hawaii, a Joint Resolution is just an opinion on what people think. It’s not a valid and credible source or even a law on taking Hawaii. It was more of just wanting it and taking it. This shows how it just wasn't illegal but also morally wrong to the Hawaiian people which didn't even know that they were automatically part of the United States by just a single vote.

Supplemental Information

This picture shown below is the Ku'e Petitions. The Ku'e Petitions was the signature of thousands of Hawaiians that symbolized how they did not want to be a part of the United States. They wanted to remain a Hawaiian Kingdom. With all these signatures, Queen Liliuokalani submitted to Congress when the subject of annexation of Hawaii came into play. Although it was looked past, this holds generations and generations of Hawaiians that were living during this time. Its significance towards how Hawaiians now can find their great great great grandmas, grandpas, and aunts/uncles that fought for Hawaii.

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Citations


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  • "Kū'ē: Testimony of Thousands." Kū'ē: Testimony of Thousands. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.