Spanish American War Webquest

*Go to The Class Website (Clapp & APUS-2nd Period under Links) and Click on American Imperialism to be able to use
the hyperlinks to complete the following assignment
U.S. Imperialism Webquest
Today you are going to investigate the Spanish American War. You will need to hold your mouse over the
underlined link, press the control button and the click the mouse at the same time. This will take you to
the web page where you will find your answers. You will need to read the entire section before answering.
Make sure you answer each part of the questions in full.
1. Describe the reward offered for the "detection of the Perpetrator of the Maine Outrage." (How much, and
who posted it?)
2. Explore the Headline Gallery and select one of the samples. Write down the headline. Explain how this might
have inflamed American passions for war.
3. How effective was the Dynamite Gun used in the Spanish American War? (Describe briefly how well it
4. Who is called the "father of Yellow Journalism" , and why was he called this?
5. Private Manning , a member of the 33rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry, was the first soldier of the war to have
6. In April 1898 Senator Henry M. Teller (Colorado) proposed an amendment to the U.S. declaration of war
against Spain. What did this amendment say?
7. Who commanded the "Rough Riders", and what was this unit's official name?
8. John Hay, Secretary of State, wrote a letter to Theodore Roosevelt describing the Spanish-American war as…
9. What disease caused more American casualties in Cuba than the Spanish bullets? Who led the battle against
it, and what were the symptoms?
10. When the United States refused to give the Philippines their independence, who led the Filipino forces in
opposition to the U.S. ? What kind of war was it? (Scroll down to RENEWED CONFLICT IN THE
11. Who was Alfred Thayer Mahan? What did he recommend with regard to the U.S. military?
12. Explain the Boxer Rebellion.
13. What was the name of the policy of economic expansion which was introduced by President William
Howard Taft? Dollar diplomacy
14. According to historians, what were the roots of the Philippine Revolution?
15. McKinley begins to be called upon by people, such as William Randolph Hearst, to do something about the
atrocities occurring in Cuba. What is McKinley's response?
16. Why did Roosevelt say, "I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one."
Section 3: Essay Questions
Use the Graphic Organizer to just outline one of the following essay prompts.
1. What were some of the methods by which the United States expanded its economic and political
influence around the world in the late 1800s and early 1900s? How did economic interests
sometimes lead to military action? Cite specific examples -- such as Japan, Hawaii, Cuba, the
Philippines, China, Panama, and/or Nicaragua -- in your answer.
2. Why did the American consul in Cuba, Fitzhugh Lee, ask to have a battleship sent to Havana
harbor? What was the Cubans' perception of the Maine 's presence? Do you think the United
States had a right to station a battleship in the harbor? How might the Spanish-American War
have been avoided through better communication and sensitivity on all sides?
3. What is the meaning of Teddy Roosevelt's motto "Speak softly, and carry a big stick" in regard
to foreign policy? How did he implement this policy during his presidency? What do you think
of the policy? Is it effective? Is it right?
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