Second, Castro was a charismatic communist and the US government feared that communism would spread. The United Stated wanted to create a new non-communist Cuba with a new leader and a new government that was friendly to them. Their goal was to overthrow Castro and his regime. The USSR and the US were the two super powers at the time and were competing in nearly everything during this period of time. The USSR was helping Cuba.
Why did the US go to war with Spain in 1898? The US declared war on Spain for many reasons, many of which appeared to be selfless and helpful however the underlying reason was much more selfish and a way of getting revenge for an act that was blamed on Spain. Yet later found evidence proves that this in fact had nothing to do with Spain, and in fact was a probably a technical fault. Cuba had been a Spanish colony since Columbus’ discovery of the island in 1492, and had been in rebellion for its independence since 1895. The US therefore appeared to help Cuba by declaring war on Spain in order to achieve Cuba’s independence.
He joined the Presidential Election of 1824 and had the most number of popular and electoral votes (Document I). The victories of the many battles and in the end, the war, allowed America to be united under the idea of patriotism and nationalism, having pride in America and its people. It was during this “Era of Good Feelings” that America was unified, shown in the painting of the celebration of 4th of July where Americans celebrated their country’s independence
He criticized the Spanish government and the way it controlled Cuba. Through yellow Journalism and anti-Spanish propaganda Hearst was able to upset the America public, and put the United States against Spain. Revolts against Spain had been occurring in Cuba for Some time. Then February 15th 1898 the USS Maine mysteriously sank in Havana harbor. This was all the America public needed.
The US public was exuberant, and the people celebrated as the country cheerfully went to war. In order to prove the righteousness of the US cause, Congress decided to send a message to the European powers, many of whom believed the American war against Spain to be an imperialistic land-grab, an effort to assume control of Cuba from Spain. Congress passed the Teller Amendment in May 1898, in which the US promised not to annex Cuba, but to liberate it as an independent state. Thus, the US claimed to be fighting the
“‘We have 30 Vietnams’, Robert Kennedy told a journalist. On the face of it he had reason to be confident,” (Harman 571). The United States had always succeeded in war thus far, with guerilla movements being defeated in Latin America and any reoccurrence of the Cuban Revolution being shut down. In the mid-1960s, the CIA pushed generals to destroy the most powerful Communist Party in the Third World in the Congo. America, as Harman describes, was seemingly invincible, until its involvement in the Vietnam War.
What impacts did Immigration have on Jacksonian America? Jacksonian America is considered to have been one of the most important historical periods in America. It was marked by prosperity in different areas (Zinn, 2005). Jacksonian period inspired much of American during the eight year period. This was a symbolic period because the rise of President Jackson from backwoods of Carolina to the highest office in the land showed that anyone, no matter the social status, could accomplish what one wanted in America.
Internationally, however, the war had major historical significance. The Spanish-American War signaled the emergence of the US as a great power onto the world stage of international relations and diplomacy. The war did not make the US a great power: the rapid industrialization and economic growth of the previous decades had done that. However, the war did announce to the rest of the world that the US was now a major player. Lifting its head from a century of isolationism and flexing its muscles against the Spanish, the US now transitioned to a vigorous role in world affairs.
This event was the outbreak for a violent fight to reach liberty. Napoleon came back to Spain and invaded it with no mercy. He gave himself the title of king. As a result, he put his brother José Bonaparte, who according to Giganto in a web article called “José I Bonaparte”, was a man that enjoy the drink and did not take responsibility, as the Spanish king in America. Therefore, Fernando VII, the previous Spanish monarch of America was replaced, and the people in America were not glad since they liked Fernando as their leader.
The battle of words was further fueled by Cuban exiles. Eager to draw Americans into the war, these Cuban propagandists fed stories to eager editors, including false reports of Cuban victories and exaggerated tales of Spanish atrocities. The Cubans scored a direct hit against their foe when they intercepted a cable sent by Enrique Dupuy de Lôme, Spain's ambassador in Washington, in which he ridiculed President William McKinley. Hearst printed the telegram with a headline denouncing it as "the worst insult"