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Spanish American War. Learning Target: Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world including the Spanish American War and the building of the Panama Canal. Mckinley. November,1896, - US McKinley elected president

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spanish american war

Spanish American War

Learning Target: Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world including the Spanish American War and the building of the Panama Canal

  • November,1896, - US
  • McKinley elected president
  • There was two campaign promises: 1) Protect American business and 2) Freed the Cuban people.
u s s maine
U.S.S. Maine
  • February 15, 1898- Havana Harbor
  • U.S.S. Maine was blown-up
  • 260 American sailors were killed after mysterious explosion. Yellow Press called for war against Spain ("Remember the Maine"), offer rewards for proof of Spanish plot.
yellow journalism
Yellow Journalism

A type of journalism that distorts and exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers

William Randolph Hearst vs Joseph Pulitzer.

New York Journal New York World


1.What is most noticeable about the example?

2. How is this media making people feel?

3. How would this influence or change peoples mind?

characteristics of yellow journalism
Characteristics of Yellow Journalism

Characteristics of Yellow Journalism:

  • Headlines in huge print, often of minor news
  • Many pictures, or imaginary drawings
  • use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, and false information from so-called experts
  • dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.
  • Emotional words and symbols; scare tactics
dewey sinks
Dewey Sinks
  • May,1, 1898, - Manila Bay
  • Dewey sunk Spanish fleet.
  • In only seven hours, the entire Spanish Asian fleet was sunk. U.S. suffers only one death.
san juan hill
San Juan Hill
  • June, 1898, - Santiago, Cuba
  • Roosevelt's Rough Riders take San Juan Hill
  • Roosevelt achieves heroic stature for leading men (sans horses) up hill overlooking Santiago Harbor.
important events
Important Events
  • Sinking of the USS Maine
    • 266 US Servicemen are killed
    • Blamed on a Spanish mine
  • Admiral Dewey – Surprise attack on the Spanish Fleet in Manila Harbor
    • All Spanish Ships are Sunk
  • Spanish Defeated in Battle of San Juan Hill
    • T. Roosevelt led the “Rough Riders” to victory
  • Spain signs Treat of Paris Ending the War
effects of the spanish american war
Effects of the Spanish American War
  • US becomes an Imperialist Power
  • Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines become colonies of the US
  • Cuba gains its independence from Spain, but becomes a US Protectorate
    • US will “protect” and partially control Cuba
  • Philippine rebels wanting independence declare war on US