The Sinking of the USS Maine

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Early in 1898, the battleship USS Maine was sent to Havana to protect U.S. interests in Cuba. In truth, this action was a blatant effort to force Spain to change its colonial policies. On the night of February 15, 1898, the Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, with the loss of 260 lives. Although the exact cause of the explosion remains unknown, the loss of the Maine became a rallying point for Americans who sought war against Spain. As the cry "Remember the Maine" swept the country, President William McKinley sent an...
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Overview

Early in 1898, the battleship USS Maine was sent to Havana to protect U.S. interests in Cuba. In truth, this action was a blatant effort to force Spain to change its colonial policies. On the night of February 15, 1898, the Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, with the loss of 260 lives. Although the exact cause of the explosion remains unknown, the loss of the Maine became a rallying point for Americans who sought war against Spain. As the cry "Remember the Maine" swept the country, President William McKinley sent an ultimatum to Madrid, which led directly to a U.S. declaration of war against Spain in April. This book examines the historical circumstances that led up to the destruction of the Maine, the immediate aftermath, and the long-term consequences.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781604130492
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Milestones in American History Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 With the Wounded 1

2 The Gay Nineties 11

3 Joining the Navy 21

4 Atrocities and Tales Thereof 29

5 The Winds of War 39

6 The Reaction 48

7 Fire When Ready 59

8 The Hills of Santiago 70

9 Peace and Empire 82

10 Up from the Bottom 93

Chronology and Timeline 100

Notes 104

Bibliography 106

Further Reading 108

Index 110

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