Resistance to the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars

Anti-Imperialism and the Role of the Press, 1895–1902

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About the Book

 Following the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, pro-war arguments in the American press led public opinion to favor engaging in the Spanish-American War—or so goes the popular version of events. Yet there was a substantial anti-imperialist segment of the public that tried to halt the advance towards conflict.
Drawing on contemporary sources, the author analyzes the anti-war arguments that preceded the Spanish-American War and continued during the war in the Philippines. News articles, letters to editors, opinion pieces and the yellow journalism of the day show how anti-war groups ultimately failed to stop a war with Spain.

About the Author(s)

Charles Quince is a librarian at the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Charles Quince
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6974-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2954-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

 1. In the Shadow of the Past: The Development of Expansionist and ­Anti-Expansionist Sentiments 3

 2. A Group of Many Shades: The ­Anti-Anti-Imperialists 28

 3. The Cuban Rebellion and American Politics, 1895–1896 64

 4. A Critical Dilemma in Spanish-American Relations 77

 5. Sliding Toward War 87

 6. Naval Capabilities 96

 7. Land Warfare 101

 8. The Sentiments of the European Press 105

 9. Voices of Concern: The Business Community and the Spanish-American War 110

10. A War Without Benefits 133

11. A Shift in Public Opinion 136

12. Dissent, Alleged War Crimes and the Philippines War 141

Conclusion 155

Suggested Readings 159

Chapter Notes 171

Bibliography 187

Index 197