managers. Wilson didn’t agree with the War Industries Board and kept them out of the decision
making process. Wilson continued to use private contracts and allocated supplies as they saw fit.
This helped to cause a need for more centralization of control and the creation of acts by
Congress to help with the control. The economy began to have a shortage of civilian goods and
military supplies across the nation. Ultimately, the economy was not able to respond fast enough
to military demands.
Choose one military conflict in which the United States was involved that was discussed
during this course (only during the time frame of this course). Explain both the causes and
effects of this particular conflict and outline the major military operations of the war.
Describe how the war impacted the United States and its development.
Your response must be at least 500 words in length.
The Spanish-American War was the consequence of American concern over the Spanish
treatment of Cuba, political burdens, and outrage regarding the sinking of USS Maine in the
Havana Harbor. Despite the fact that President William McKinley had wished to keep away from
war, American powers moved quickly once it started. In quick campaigns, American strengths
took the Philippines and Guam. This was trailed by a more drawn out campaign in southern Cuba
which finished in American victories at sea and on land. In the wake of the contention, the
United States turned into a great power having increased numerous Spanish regions.
Expecting war after the sinking of the USS Maine, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore
Roosevelt telegraphed G. Dewey with requests to gather the United States Asiatic Squadron at
Hong Kong. It was felt that from this area, Dewey could rapidly drop in on the Spanish in the
Philippines. This attack was not expected to overcome the Spanish state, yet rather to draw
enemy boats, warriors, and assets far from Cuba.