Public Opinion and the Spanish-American War: A Study in War Propaganda

TitlePublic Opinion and the Spanish-American War: A Study in War Propaganda
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1933
AuthorsWilkerson, Marcus M.
Number of Pages171
PublisherRussell & Russell
CityNew York
Abstract

In this study an attempt has been made to show the influence of the American press in causing opposition to Spanish rule in Cuba and finally in bringing about the intervention of the United States in the island. The rapid succession of Cuban revolts against Spanish rule, of which there were eight in the period between 1823 and 1855, followed by a prolonged conflict known as the Ten Years' War, 1868-1878, and the Little War in 1883, led to the belief in the United States that the rapidly declining monarchy of Spain would never be able to control the island. Each outbreak was put down with severity, but with each succeeding uprising sympathy for the rebels increased. The revolutions were regarded as contests for independence, and the proximity of the island to this country accentuated the benevolent attitude of Americans. Despite this feeling, however, it is doubtful if many Americans favored the use of force to effect Cuba's freedom. [From the Introduction.]

Short TitlePublic Opinion and the Spanish-American War
Reprint Edition1967
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