Whose America?

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In the midst of the culture wars raging in the United States, this book recovers a part of U.S. history that some wish to forget--the war of 1898. With the war, U.S. policymakers terminated more than four centuries of Spanish colonial rule in the region and launched a paradigm for U.S.-Latin American relations that dominated the 20th century. The war inaugurated an era of profound change not only in U.S. policy toward Latin America, but also in regional cultures and identities within the United States, Cuba, ...

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Overview

In the midst of the culture wars raging in the United States, this book recovers a part of U.S. history that some wish to forget--the war of 1898. With the war, U.S. policymakers terminated more than four centuries of Spanish colonial rule in the region and launched a paradigm for U.S.-Latin American relations that dominated the 20th century. The war inaugurated an era of profound change not only in U.S. policy toward Latin America, but also in regional cultures and identities within the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

Virginia M. Bouvier underscores the importance of the war in defining American identities. Contributors discuss such items as Spanish perspectives on the U.S. role in the conflict, the multiple and conflicted identities of the Cuban émigré community, and the capacity of gender discourse to explain Congressional actions. A final bibliographic essay reviews recent scholarship on the war. Scholars, students, and researchers involved with American and Latin American history will find this collection particularly valuable.

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Specialists in Latin American history and literature, all but one from the US, present eight essays from an October 1998 conference at the University of Maryland on what is called, among other things, the Spanish-American War and the Cuban War of Independence. One looks at the historical underpinnings of US intervention, and three at the legacies of the war. The others explore Spanish perspectives, Cuban immigrants to the US, political cartoons, and the imperatives of manhood in the congressional debate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275967949
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

VIRGINIA M. BOUVIER is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Historical Underpinnings of Foreign Intervention
1 The Two Americas 23
Pt. II The War of 1898
2 U.S. Intervention and Monroeism: Spanish Perspectives on the American Role in the Colonial Crisis of 1895-98 37
3 Contradictory Identities, Conflicted Nations: Cuban Emigres in the United States and the Last War for Independence (1895-98) 61
4 Imaging a Nation: U.S. Political Cartoons and the War of 1898 91
5 "Honor Comes First": The Imperatives of Manhood in the Congressional Debate over War 123
Pt. III Legacies of 1898
6 1898 and the Legacies of Intervention: The Case of Cuba 149
7 Intervention or Possession?: Puerto Rico, the War of 1898, and the American Colonial Periphery 161
8 The Anti-Imperialist Movement, 1898-1921 171
Conclusions 193
Bibliographic Essay 201
Index 229
About the Contributors 239
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