1898 - Mary Hardegree Reading Summary for The War of 1898...

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Mary Hardegree Reading Summary for The War of 1898 2/10/2008 Dawn Alexander-Payne American Diplomacy HIST 451.01
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In The War of 1898 , author Louis A. Pérez, jr. tries to explain how the American perception of the war has become strewed by incorrect historiography. American politicians went into the war because they did not want another nation to rule Cuba or for Cuba to be free. They told the public, however, that they were going into the war to protect the Cubans’ rights as individuals. No work had been done in the Cuban archives during the time of the war and Pérez goes in and tries to see the war from the other perspective. Pérez’s intention in writing this book was to make the public aware of how wrong the United States was to intervene. Preface: Pérez presents the different interpretations the United States has accepted about the reasons for the War of 1898. Most historians up to date have agreed with political leaders of the time that the war was caused by the need for the United States to protect Cuba’s freedom from the Spanish. Pérez also argues that the lack of in depth explanation and ambiguities on the subject previously help to prove his point that writers try to conform to what the nation views itself to be. He also points out that previous historians have not looked into other nations’ archives and so dismiss the relativity of their importance. “Americans believed themselves to be benefactors of Cuba” (xiii). Ch. 1: “Frank Freidel attributed the war ‘to the American restlessness in the 1890s.’ Richard Hofstandter wondered about the impact of hard times, about the ways that conditions ‘brought to large numbers of people intense frustration in their economic lives and their careers,’ thereby resulting in ‘frustration with acts of aggression, and to allay anxieties by threatening acts against others.’ Robert L. Beisner pondered how ‘waves of doubt about America’s strength, health, and purpose’ contributed to ‘a need to reaffirm American strength: the United States could thrash some other country in a war or, more subtly, demonstrate its ability to govern ‘inferior’ peoples in an empire.’ David Healy detected in the imperialist impulse a people searching ‘to offset class struggles with a unifying nationalism’ as a way ‘to combat a sordid and pervasive materialism.’ In similar fashion, Gerald F. Linderman suggested ‘a crisis of confidence,’ with Americans
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