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6. Describe and explain the underlying and the immediate causes of the Spanish-American War. What were the results (outcomes) of this war, both immediate and long-term. This two-part question calls for factual information, as well as thinking about long-term effects of the war. I. Introduction II. Underlying causes A. Humanitarian concerns for Cubans suffering under Spanish misrule and brutality , and moral sympathy with their cause , independence from Spain. B. Publication of sensationalized reports o f conditions in Cuba by the Yellow Press. C. Economic ties with Cuba, including investments, markets, sources of raw materials. D. Desire for excitement, foreign adventure, and expansion. E. Belief that war was an ennobling experience --would restore sense of patriotism, valor, honor--moral tonic for materialism. III. Immediate causes A. De Lome Letter , published by Hearst Press.
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Unformatted text preview: B. Sinking of U.S.S. Maine. C. Weakness of McKinley in resisting political pressure for war, in light of the fear that a more cautious policy would result in a Democratic victory in the fall congressional elections. D. Public pressure, desire for war. IV. Results of the War A. Acquisition of new territories 1. Guan 2. Puerto Rico 3. Philippines 4. Additional Islands 5. Hawaii annexed (due to strategic position) 6. American Samoa (due to strategic position) B. Reform of army supply system, due to "tainted beef" and other food problems, which led to soldiers' deaths. C. Identification of the cause of tropical diseases like malaria, leading to improved health. This ultimately made possible the building of the Panama Canal. D. U.S. isolation ended. E. Led to U.S. emergence as a World Power. V. Conclusion...
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  • Summer '13
  • smith
  • Civil War, Guan Puerto Rico, fall congressional elections, D. U.S. isolation, Additional Islands Hawaii

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