-Anti-Spanish sentiment in Cuba soon erupted into a second war for independence.
*José Marti- He organized Cuban resistance against Spain, using an active guerrilla campaign and deliberately destroying property, especially American owned sugar mills and plantations. This was all in an effort to get America involved in freeing Cuba.
War Fever Escalates
-In 1896, Spain responded to the Cuban revolt by sending *General _____________________________- to Cuba to restore order.
*_______________________________________- exaggerates the news to lure and enrage readers. (William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer)
The De Lome Letter
-In February 1898, the New York Journal published a private letter written ________________________________________, the Spanish minister to the United States.
-A Cuban rebel had stolen the and leaked it to the newspaper..
-The letter criticized President McKinley, calling him “weak” and “a bidder for the admiration of the crowd.”
-Americans were angry over the insult to their president.
The ___________________________________ Explodes (Feb 1898)
-A few days after the De Lome letter, an American ship blew up in the harbor of Havana. More than 260 men were killed.
-President McKinley had ordered the ___________________________ to Cuba to bring home American citizens in danger from the fighting, and to protect American property.
-At the time, no one really knew why the ship exploded; however, American newspapers claimed that the Spanish had blown up the ship.