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The Sinking of the USS Maine
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Authored by: Samuel Willard Crompton
  • From the Series: Milestones in American History
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604130490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-049-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 11/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 973
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 120

Summary

Early in 1898, the battleship USS Maine was sent to Havana. Supposedly undertaken to protect U.S. interests in Cuba, this action was a blatant effort to change Spanish colonial policies. Then, on the night of February 15, the Maine blew up in Havana Harbor with the loss of 260 lives. Though the exact cause of the explosion was unknown, the loss of the Maine became the focal point for Americans who sought war. The cry “Remember the Maine—to hell with Spain!” swept the country, and the day after the board of inquiry’s report come out, President William McKinley sent Madrid an ultimatum, which led directly to the U.S. declaration of war against Spain in April. This book examines the historical circumstances leading up the destruction of the Maine, the immediate aftermath, and the long-term consequences.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Biographical sidebars. Excerpts from primary source documents. Chronology. Timeline. Bibliography. Further reading. Footnotes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Samuel Willard Crompton is a historian and biographer who lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Crompton has written many books for Chelsea House, including Emanuel Swedenborg and Desmond Tutu. He has twice served as a Writing Fellow for Oxford University Press in its production of the 24-volume American National Biography. Crompton teaches history at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts.

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