Vanquished

The Hawaiian Kingdom Ends

Thesis

The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893 would not have been possible without the role Pres. Cleveland, Pres. McKinley, and Minister John Stevens played.

Historical Signifcance

The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893 would not have been possible without the role Pres. Cleveland, Pres. McKinley, and Minister John Stevens played. This topic is important to history to learn about how Hawaii became a United States territory and what the Native Hawaiians and monarchy had to go through to try and protect their kingdom. It is also important to learn the roles of these American officials and how the Americans annexed Hawaii and wanted it for its strategic location for war. The long term significance is that Hawaii gets to be a part of the United States and it is known for Pearl Harbor being a great naval installation. And also, Hawaii residents can acknowledge and remember the people who tried to help protect the kingdom with statues, hospitals and buildings that they have built for us.

Is Hawai'i legally and lawfully a state of the union?

Hawaii is not a legally and lawfully state of the union because Hawaii was never rightfully given to the United States. The Hawaiian League forced King David Kalakaua to sign the Bayonet Constitution which diminished the powers of the monarchy and disenfranchised the Native Hawaiians, giving the Americans the advantage to take over Hawaii. Later on when Kalakaua died, Queen Lili’uokalani took the throne and decided to create a new constitution which scared the Americans. They later on created the committee of safety to overthrow the Queen and have her surrender her kingdom. The Hawaiian kingdom was not peacefully given to the United States, it was forced to be given up which makes Hawaii not a legal and lawful state of the Union.

Supplemental Information

The picture below shows Americans having a ceremony in front of Iolani Palace, with the American flag rasied and the Hawaiian flag down. It shows how Americans own and have the power over Hawaii and that they will annex it, leaving the Hawaiians with no power. There are also guards who are protecting the Americans from Hawaiians.
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Cite

"William McKinley." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.


"Lorrin Thurston Led an Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii with the American Flag First Raised over 'Iolani Palace Today in 1893. Now WE Know Em." Nowweknowem. N.p., 17 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.