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Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War was different from many other wars because it did not deal with
America's rights; nevertheless it dealt with our issues over expansionism. The war was
caused by yellow journalism, sinking of the main, and the de Lome letter in which he
discussed his bad faith with America. The Spanish-American War was a "splendid little war"
because it demonstrated the enormous influence of yellow journalism, changed the balance
in the Federal Government, and most importantly, marked the clear emergence of the United
States as both a world and imperialistic power.

The Spanish-American War demonstrated enormous influence of the press in shaping of public
opinion and, indirectly, government policy. The press brought large numbers of people
together by keeping them informed of what's going on overseas. The press also showed
blacks and whites fighting side by side against a common foe, helping to ease the wounds
still left from the civil war. Newspapers circulated The De Lome letter written by the
Spanish minister to a friend in Cuba. He criticized President McKinley as a weak and
incompetent President. As McKinley tried to maintain neutrality, public feelings were
fanned by yellow journalism, which created a government policy.

The Spanish-American War had two major effects regarding the balance of power among the
Federal branches of Government. Although the war did not exactly upset the balance of
power between or among the branches, it greatly increased the powers of both the Executive
Branch and the Legislative Branch. The Executive power was tremendously increased during
the war and afterwards in the many appointments made in order to administer the newly
acquired territories. Likewise, Legislative authority also increased the power of American
Imperialism and expansionism prospered as a result of the war.

When the United States declared war the military was not ready. The army comprised of
about 30,000 was to grow to 200,000, volunteers were not well equipped, and sanitation was
also ill equipped. Consequently, the United States spent fifty million to prepare their
army. The UNITED STATES went on to defeat Spain a major European power, on land and at
sea. Therefore the UNITED STATES acquired Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines, as well
as the right to intervention in the affairs of Cuba. Consequently, this marked the clear
emergence of the United States as both a world and imperialistic power.

Due to the Spanish-American War the United States grew from a baby Chihuahua to an over
fed taco bell Chihuahua (geographically and mentally) we are now recognized as a world
power that instills fear into many lesser nations. As Americans, we pride ourselves on
having the highest standard of living. In this war, we showed that we were willing to
fight to keep our standards where they are.

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