Monarchy to Republic

Who was the cause of all of this?

Thesis

The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893 would not have been possible without the actions that President Harrison, President McKinley and U.S. Minister John L. Stevens made.

Historical Significance

The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893 would not have been possible without the actions that President Harrison, President McKinley and U.S. Minister John L. Stevens made. This topic is important in history because it describes how Hawaii becomes a part of United States union. The actions that they played were a crucial role in the Overthrow. If it weren’t for their actions, then Hawaii would still be a Hawaiian Monarchy and not a democracy like how we are today. The Hawaiians were against the Overthrow and how they felt knowing that they weren’t able to have a voice when it came to this decision. They lost the land that they had cultivated and lived on for a long time. The long-term significance of their roles in the Overthrow will show students that are taking Modern History of Hawaii the actions that have been taken when Hawaii stopped and that before, instead of being a democracy, we used to have Kings and Queens like in other places of the world. Knowing that the monarchy system didn’t work for Hawaii, we won’t go back to having that kind of government.

Is Hawai'i Legally and Lawfully a State of the Union?

In my opinion, Hawaii is not legally and lawfully a state of the union because the actions that were taken for Hawaii to be a part of the U.S. were self-proclaimed. The Hawaiians didn’t have a say on what was happening and they didn’t get to vote. The missionaries and the Americans that were in Hawaii were in the cabinet that made of all the decisions for Hawaii since King Kalakaua was just a figurehead. U.S. Minister John L. Stevens self-proclaimed Hawaii to be a Provisional Government and took actions that were against the law and also against the treaties that Hawaii had with the U.S. I think that Hawaii would be legally and lawfully a state of the Union if majority of the Hawaiians had the right to vote on what was happening.

Supplemental Information

Attempted Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom,1893

The Committee of Safety tries to get Hawaii annexed by the United States with a treaty, a voluntary treaty. They conspired with U.S. Minister John L. Stevens and he then landed troops on Hawaii to overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy. Queen Liliuokalani then says that the American troops landed on Hawaii in violation of international law and treaties that Hawaii had with the U.S. Secretary Blount goes to Hawaii to do investigation and came to a conclusion that the Provisional Government was not a lawful government and was self-proclaimed.

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The marines that U.S. Minister Stevens ordered illegally landed in Hawaii.