Protesting an Injustice on the Hawaiian Kingdom
John L. Stevens
John L. Stevens, one of the many foreigners who believed that the Americans could rule Hawaii better than the Hawaiians. He was assigned to go to Hawaii and represent the U.S.'s political representations. He called the Hawaiians "Semi-Barbaric", and thought they were "Unfit to rule". He also supported "Coup de tat", which meant a sudden change in government. The annexation. When Queen Lilioukalani refused to sign the treaty of annexation, McKinley sent troops from pearl harbor downtown to the Iolani Palace to threaten her with guns.
Grover Cleveland stated that America's plan to annex Hawaii was improperly authorized, and was an act of war. He tried to withdraw the annexation by using the American constitution to support his reason to not overthrow the Hawaiian kingdom. He also tried to withdraw the annexation by sending in secretary Blount to write up a 1,400 word report on the events that took place in Hawaii as the American foreigners dwelled in it. Secretary Blount came to the conclusion that the overthrow was Immoral, and Illegal. When Blount told Dole, (President of the Provisional Government) he is threatened and told that a war would have to take place if they were to return the lands.
William McKinley was one of the many who supported the overthrow on the Hawaiian kingdom. The idea of "New Imperialism" was taking over a land, and owning it. McKinley supported this, as well as he supported the "Committee od Safety", a group of American soldiers who had threatened the Hawaiian people and the Hawaiian Queen, Queen Lilioukalani, to sign the treaty od annexation.
John L. Stevens
Is Hawaii Legally and Lawfully A State of the Union
Many Hawaiians Participated in Signing the Petition
Mrs. Kuaihelani, President of the Hawaiian Women's Patriotic League Who Started the Petition
San, Francisco. The San Francisco Call. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Call, 1908. Print.