The War On The United States Essay

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In the year of 1898 Spain declared war on United States. The U.S. prime objective was for the true Cuban independence. In pursuing such goal, the string of conflicts began with the poor treatment of Cuban civilians in concentration camp by the Spanish, ‘yellow journalism,” and the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine. The United States involvement in the war was a combination of all of these factors; however, the most influential factor was the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine. The outrage of American citizens advanced throughout the country. Ultimately, the strong perception of a deliberate attack on the Maine pressured United States to war. Without a clear rationale, the American public pressured the United States to avenge the Maine. After a short four-month war, United States won the war with no casualties and emerged as a major force in the world. As a result, Spain lost Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States.
Another major force that drove U.S. into war was the influence of bias in media. Before the uproar of the Spanish-American war, “yellow journalism” originated from the rivalry between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. They aimed to “rally support for [the] American intervention on behalf of the Cuban revolutionaries – and to sell their newspapers” (Reed, 2007). These headlines soon became the center of attention; sparking a mass production of newspapers throughout foreign countries. Most importantly, Hearts published a detailed account…

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