Why Did the United States Go to War with Spain in 1898?

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The United States went to war with Spain in 1898 for three different reasons: social, economic, and political. These causes were stimulated by commercialism and nationalism. Based on these interpretations it is clear that the desire to be a world wide power, and advance commerical interest were primary factors that led to the declaration of war on Spain.

The main social impact started between 1868 and 1878. While the Cubans were revolting against Spain. General Valeriano Weyler was sent from Spain to force the peasants to leave their homes and were put in concentration camps. Their crops, and houses were affected as well as their livestock. This uproar caused falsified, exaggerated stories to be made up of the Cubans emotional struggle: the Yellow Press. This social implication affected the Americans greatly. Soon the word was spread through Yellow Journalism and everyone was pointing their fingers at the United States. The American public quickly demanded that President McKinley ‘do something’ about the situation, so he ordered a part of the American naval fleet to go to Havana. Mckinely knew that he had to work hard to improve the situation for his countries reputation, “and attempted to persuade Spain to give Cuba some local autonomy” (Allan Hux 295). Mckinely wasn’t alone in their fight for manifest destiny. There were many influential people who encouraged rebellion and believed in taking over the world. “Josiah Strong believed in the spread of christianity, as well as the philosophy that the Anglo Saxans will soon dominate the world due to having the best religion and government” (Alan Hux 292). Jose Marti was a symbol of independence and a Cuban nationalist in 1895. These men became popular within American, and McKinely could tell the direction his people wanted to go in. This influenced McKinley's judgment wether to get involved with Cuba or not.

One of the leading economic reasons for the war were based on the United States involvement with...
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