American Experience: Hawaii's Last Queen

American Experience: Hawaii's Last Queen

Cast: Anna Deavere Smith

     
 

Before Hawaii was a hot spot for honeymooners and surfers, prior to its petition by American sugar growers for annexation to the United States, the Kingdom of Hawaii was an independent monarchy. Queen Lili'uokalani was its last queen. Succeeding to the throne in 1891, Lili'uokalani's focus was to frame a new constitution that would restore power to native Hawaiians… See more details below

Overview

Before Hawaii was a hot spot for honeymooners and surfers, prior to its petition by American sugar growers for annexation to the United States, the Kingdom of Hawaii was an independent monarchy. Queen Lili'uokalani was its last queen. Succeeding to the throne in 1891, Lili'uokalani's focus was to frame a new constitution that would restore power to native Hawaiians that had been diminished by the success of white American business owners. Shortly into her reign, the U.S. government effectively revoked Hawaii's favored position on the American sugar market and Lili'uokalani's kingdom faced economic collapse. Convinced the only way to survive was annexation to the United Sates, the sugar growers stirred a clash of interests among plantation owners, native Hawaiians, the U.S. government, and the Queen's cabinet. Eventually, Lili'uokalani would lose her throne at gun point and yield her power to the U.S. government. In 1898, Hawaii was recognized as part of the United States by President William McKinley. ~ Brooke Hodess

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
UPC:
0783421381490
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Region Code:
1
Time:
0:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators ; Access to the American Experience web site; Scene selection; Closed captions

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: Hawaii's Last Queen
1. Introduction [1:07]
2. A Vanishing Way of Life [11:20]
3. Monarchy Under Siege [12:00]
4. Revolution Begins [13:53]
5. The Kingdom Is No More [12:39]
6. Credits [2:01]

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