Date of Award

Summer 1954

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Half a century ago, on February 15,1898, the United States Battleship Maine was destroyed by a mysterious explosion as she lay peacefully at moorings in Havana Harbor. At the time, the sympathy of the United States citizens lay strongly with revolutionists in Cuba who were then attempting to secure their freedom from the galling yoke of Spanish rule. The episode of the Maine gave added impetus to the trend which was inevitably drawing the United States and Spain into a state of war and the final breach occurred on April 19,1898, when the United States government recognized the independence of Cuba. Spain's answer was to sever diplomatic relations with us on April 21 and our country followed suit by making a formal declaration of war on April 25.

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