The Spanish American War

By Alex Cotton

What did the opposed do?

Those who were opposed to the war took place after the explosion of USS Maine wiped into the Anti Spanish Hysteria. Despite of spain's desire to avoid war and President William McKinley’s distaste for war, the yellow press continued to feed the public’s appetite for Anti-Spanish news. Hawks then-Assisted secretary of the navy. Roosevelt loudly criticized the reluctant McKinley for being weak and afraid.

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Some pictures of the war

What did the opposed thought?

What did they think?

At the time the spanish investigation team blue up because of eternal mechanical problems. At the time, Americans accepted the mine hypothesis, and went to war. However, a 1970’s study by the us navy stated that they suggested an internal boiler room may have caused ammunition.

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“The present revolution is but the successor of other similar insurrections which have occurred in Cuba against the dominion of Spain, extending over a period of nearly half a century, each of which, during its progress, has subjected the United States to great effort and expense in enforcing its neutrality laws, caused enormous losses to American trade and commerce, caused irritation, annoyance, and disturbance among our citizens, and by the exercise of cruel, barbarous and uncivilized practices or warfare, shocked the sensibilities and offended the humane sympathies of our people.”

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How organized was the resistance of the war?

Everything about the war was outlined by the Treaty of Paris. It has been signed by two thirds of the government. On February of 1899, the Treaty was barely passed. In support of the treaty of paris, Bryan had a trick up his sleeve.

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"We can no longer afford to disregard international rivalries now that we ourselves have become a competitor in the world-wide struggle for trade."

- U.S. State Department memorandum, 1898

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