Isolationism – minding the country’s own business and staying out of world politics…
A “distant land” bought for America’s benefit
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Americans began to think that they must do something to help their cuban neighbors and viewed them as oppressed victimsLivelihood was sugar industryRevolutionaries fed the American press a steady diet of overblown incidents, all of which they blamed on Spain…they hoped the stories would make Americans angry enough to go to war.
These stories stirred sympathies of readers and made them want to help the Cubans Why did the US get involved?
It was stolen by Cuban rebels and given to the press.Called him “weak and a bidder for the admiration of the crowd, besides being a common politician”De Lome resigned, but it wasn’t enough
Less than one week after the de lome letterKilled 2 officers and 250 enlisted menThe battle cry became “Remember the Maine”
US recognized Cuba’s independence, even though they didn’t have it yet and Spain declared war on the US in order to save its honor.They only wanted Cuba’s independence, wanted them to have a better life
Fewer than 400 American soldiers died in battle or from combat woundsMore than 5000 died of typhoid, malaria, yellow fever or other diseases
An all volunteer cavalry unit
Took two months to sail around South America…needed it for defenseUS bought the project from the French company that had gone bankrupt and a lot of their workers had died of malaria and yellow fever
Columbia wanted $25 million
They had to pay a tollTook 11 years to buildUS would control and defend the “canal zone”
Didn’t use threats or financial loss
• Extending your way of life over other people
Opposition to Imperialism
• Did not need to acquire many raw materials
from lands overseas as other countries did
• Imperialism contradicted their ideals:
American had fought for their own
liberty, could they now take away the liberty
of foreign people?
• Purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867
• Important for national defense of the US
• Reporters twisted stories to make each one
more exciting than the previous one
• William Randolph Hearst, owner of the New
York Journal and Joseph Pulitzer owner of the
New York World were the worst two.