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America as a World Power, 1890-1914
Guide: Spanish-American War

These resources on the Spanish-American War explain the events that led to the war and the outcome of the conflict. Use these resources to help students understand the impact of the Spanish-American War. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Time Period Key Understandings

  • Labor unions developed as social and political movements
  • Rural and urban areas have distinct needs that shape political and economic concerns
  • Racial and ethnic groups have fought to obtain civil rights and liberties
  • Government accountability relies on a politically engaged populace
  • Society's idea of morality changes over time
  • A balance between public safety and economic growth is desirable
  • A nation's diplomatic powers rest in its ability to have a foreign presence
  • There are multiple factors that a nation must consider when deciding to go to war
  • The U.S. has gone through periods where it feels it is in its best interest to remain detached from certain global events
  • Negotiating a peace involves compromises and consensus and can extend well beyond the end of hostilities

Key Questions

  • To what extent did yellow journalism influence the U.S. decision to go to war with Spain?
  • How did the outcome of the Spanish-American War make the United States a world power?
  • If you had been a part of the discussion in the late 1800s, would you have sided with the imperialists or the anti-imperialists?


  1. Overview: Spanish-American War
  2. Visuals: Spanish-American War (Visual)
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Key Question: Imperialism and Yellow Journalism
  6. Photos & Illustrations: Roosevelt, Theodore: Rough Riders
  7. Photos & Illustrations: Spanish-American War: Battle of Manila Bay
  8. Photos & Illustrations: Spanish-American War: San Juan hill
  9. Photos & Illustrations: Spanish-American War: wreck of the Maine
  10. Reference Articles: Maine, sinking of the
  11. Reference Articles: Philippine-American War
  12. Reference Articles: Spanish-American War
  13. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political Cartoon: yellow journalism (1898)
  14. Political, Government & Court Documents: Platt Amendment (1901)
  15. Political, Government & Court Documents: Treaty of Paris (1898)
  16. Speeches: McKinley, William: war message (1898)

MLA Citation

"Spanish-American War." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2153043. Accessed 25 Aug. 2019.

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