Remember the Maine

Remember the Maine - Name: _ Period: _ Date: _ U.S. History...

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“R EMEMBER THE M AINE !” T HE E XPLOSION OF THE U.S.S. M AINE Directions: Newspapers are an important source for studying history. Shown here is the front page of the New York Journal for February 17, 1898. Read the selection below and study the newspaper headline. Then answer the questions that follow. On February 17, 1898, the American battleship Maine was blown up in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. For several years, Cuba had been fighting for its independence from Spain. President McKinley had tried to keep the United States out of this war. He had sent the Maine to Havana only to protect American citizens there. Shortly after the Maine exploded and sunk, several American newspapers reported the event and placed all the blame on Spain. These newspapers, including the New York Journal , stirred up bitter feelings among Americans. As a result, members of Congress who favored Cuba were able to force President McKinley to declare war on Spain. 1.
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