Yellow Journalism
Cuban Revolution
-Exaggerated stories
describing conditions for
Cubans
-Cubans rebel against
Spanish rule
Americans sympathize with
Cubans
De Lome Letter
Spanish Minister to the U.SEnrique Dupuy de Lome
writes a letter calling
McKinley weak
-Americans angry
SpanishAmerican
War
April-Aug
1898
Monroe Doctrine
-Limit European influence
in Latin America
Expansionist Pressure
Wanted Spanish spoils:
Cuba
Puerto Rico
Philippines
Guam
-Spanish General Weyler
sent to break up rebellion.
Placed rebels in
concentration camps
-Jose Marti
Destruction of plantations
Americans sympathize
with Cubans
Sinking of USS Maine
American ship sent to Cuba
to protect Americans and
property. Explodes off the
coast of Havana Feb 15th
1898. Explosion a mystery!
Yellow Journalism
Josef Pulitzer
(New York World )
William Randolph Hearst
(New York Journal )
Cartoon. Spanish Ape hunkers over grave of USS Maine sailors. (1898).
THE HEADLINES:
•Cuban Babes Prey to Famine
•Thousands of Children of the
Reconcentrados Perishing in Island
Towns
•Sights that Sicken Strong Men
THE HEADLINES:
•Does Our Flag Shield Women?
•Refined Young Women
Stripped and Searched by
Brutal Spaniars While Under
Our Flag on the Ollivette