Aloha 'Oe

"Mahalo Nui Loa, United States"

Thesis

The United States wanted to remove the power of Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii. But without the help of President Benjamin Harrison, President William McKinley and Minister John L. Stevens, the overthrow of the Hawaii Kingdom would not have been possible.

Historical Significance

The annexation of Hawaii would not have happened if it wasn't for President Benjamin Harrison, President William McKinley and Minister John L. Stevens. This is important in history because not too many people know about how Hawaii became a U.S. territory. Those who live in Hawaii may not even know about this and for those who do, they might be upset about it. It's important to know about the overthrow of Hawaii especially if you live on Hawaii and you want to be able to understand how it affects how Hawaii is today. Without the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Hawaii wouldn't be where it is now and wouldn't have become the 50th state in 1959.

Is Hawai'i legally and lawfully a State of the Union?

Now that I have some knowledge about the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, I don't think Hawaii is legally and lawfully a State of the Union. Before the foreigners and missionaries landed in Hawaii, the native Hawaiians were on their own and followed the rules of the king. Then when the foreigners and missionaries arrived, they took over the Hawaiian islands and changed the whole Hawaiian culture. When David Kalakaua became king, he was forced to sign the Bayonet Constitution, even if he did not like what the constitution stated. In my opinion, Hawaii is not legally and lawfully a state of the Union.

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