9 - Catherine Clement AMH2020 Homework July 9 2007 1 There...

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Catherine Clement AMH2020 Homework July 9, 2007 1. There were many causes of the Spanish-American war. White’s racism did not end with America’s borders. They strove to spread their Anglo-Saxon virtue all over the world. America fought the war as a way to expand and protect its trade market overseas. They also wanted to acquire an agriculturally rich land. Tensions had been building for the past several years between the Spanish and the Cubans. The Cubans had destroyed a large part of the island to make it uninhabitable by the Spanish, and in return the Spanish army (led by General Valeriano Weyler) forced a large amount of Cubans into concentration camps. One eighth of the Cuban population died of starvation or disease. Many American’s read about the war going on in Cuba, and began to sympathize with them. The war reminded them of the anti-colonial war America had been involved in 100 years earlier. Yellow journalism was created by sensationalizing stories about the war to sell an increased amount of newspapers. With tensions rising, McKinley ordered the battleship Maine into the Havana harbor to protect U.S, citizens and their property.
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