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The 1898 war between the United States and Spain receives relatively little attention in most American history texts, yet it is an event of major importance. The United States emerged as the world's greatest power in the 20th century. In many ways, the war with Spain was a stepping stone from one era of American history to the next, showing Americans that aggressive nationalism could be fraught with danger, even as it was crowned with splendor.
This book includes an overview essay, five essays on specific aspects of the war, and a conclusion. A biographical section features sketches of Americans, Spaniards, Cubans, and Filipinos who played important roles, showing the human element of the events. Fifteen primary documents grant readers and researchers a direct view of the elements that transpired and how they were reported. This book provides everything students or general readers need to begin their research into a watershed conflict in American history.
|Chronology of Events|
|Ch. 1||Background and Overview of the Spanish-American War||1|
|Ch. 2||The Origins of the War||17|
|Ch. 3||Campaigning in Cuba and Puerto Rico||27|
|Ch. 4||Naval Action: The Battles of Manila Bay and Santiago de Cuba||43|
|Ch. 5||Campaigning in the Philippines||55|
|Ch. 6||Making Peace||63|
|Ch. 7||Conclusion: Long-Range Effects of the Spanish-American War||73|
|Biographical Sketches: Significant Persons in the Spanish-American War||85|
|Primary Documents of the Spanish-American War||117|