Spanish-American War and Teddy Roosevelt in American History

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In February 1898, the United States battleship Maine exploded in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Most Americans blamed Spain, which ruled Cuba at the time. Because the Spanish often abused their power there, some Americans favored invading Cuba even before the Maine incident. But The United States was seen as a country of little importance. Many Americans felt that the United States had to go to war to become a great power. And certain people were doing everything they could to cause one! In The Spanish-American War ...
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Overview

In February 1898, the United States battleship Maine exploded in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Most Americans blamed Spain, which ruled Cuba at the time. Because the Spanish often abused their power there, some Americans favored invading Cuba even before the Maine incident. But The United States was seen as a country of little importance. Many Americans felt that the United States had to go to war to become a great power. And certain people were doing everything they could to cause one! In The Spanish-American War and Teddy Roosevelt in American History, Tom McGowen examines the Spanish-American War and the clever maneuvers of Theodore Roosevelt, both of which helped put the United States on the path to what it is today -- a world superpower.

Details the pivotal role that Teddy Roosevelt played during the Spanish-American War and the consequences of his involvement.

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This 128 page volume in the "In American History" series tells how Theodore (who the author tells us hated to be called Teddy), as secretary of the Navy, leading to victories in the Spanish-American War, and helped the United States become the world power it is today. This is a dry book about what might have been an exciting period in American history. Black and white photographs of famous historical figures, maps and charts, and a political cartoon are interspersed with text. Not every page has an illustration, however. Little thought has been given to browse-appeal, or to giving a reader any reason to use this book, except as report fodder. This will be useful for that purpose, and it is well organized. A timeline, chapter notes, further reading, Internet addresses, and an index are appended. 2003, Enslow, Ages 11 to 13.
— Candace Deisley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766019874
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: In American History Ser.
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Island Seeking Freedom 7
2 Theodore Roosevelt Takes Charge 16
3 The Death of a Battleship 27
4 America Moves Toward War 39
5 The Battle of Manila Bay 49
6 A Search, a Blockade, and a Heroic Mission 58
7 The Army Prepares to Go to War 66
8 An Invasion, a Small Victory, a Big Plan 75
9 A Land Battle, a Sea Battle, and Victory 86
10 A New World Power Arises 98
11 What Roosevelt Left to America 109
Timeline 116
Chapter Notes 121
Further Reading 125
Internet Addresses 126
Index 127
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