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The Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War

Discussion & Essay Questions

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  1. Big Picture
    • Why did expansion and foreign intervention seem the logical next step for Americans?
      • How was this linked to America's historic values?
    • Why did the US intervene in Cuba?
      • Do you support this sort of use of American troops?
      • If yes, for what reasons? 
        • Ideological? Strategic? Humanitarian?
        • Are there geographic limits to where the US should intervene in these sorts of conflicts?
      • If no, why not?
    • Are American interests served by allowing a European nation to control a neighbor this close?
    • Was the Platt Amendment an extension or violation of America's original reasons for entering Cuba?
    • Was the American annexation of the Philippines an extension or violation of America's reasons for going to war against Spain?


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