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Pres. William McKinley’s War Message to Congress; April 11, 1898



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Pres. William McKinley’s War Message to Congress; April 11, 1898

The present condition of affairs in Cuba is a constant menace to our peace and entails upon this Government an enormous expense. With such a conflict waged for years in an island so near us and with which our people have such trade and business relations; when the lives and liberty of our citizens are in constant danger and their property destroyed and themselves ruined; where our trading vessels are liable to seizure and are seized at our very door by war ships of a foreign nation…the resulting strained relations, are a constant menace to our peace and compel us to keep on a semi-war footing with a nation with which we are at peace.”



  1. What are McKinley’s reasons for declaring war on Spain?

  2. How does this speech reflect a desire to protect American business?

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Represented clockwise from bottom left: Italy, Russia, France, Germany & England.

The caption reads: A Fair Field and No Favor

Uncle Sam: "I’m out for commerce, not conquest!"



  1. Describe Uncle Sam in this picture. What is he doing?  

  2. What is he offering China? 

  3. How does the cartoonist illustrate the European nations?


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