From Liberation to Conquest
The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish-American War of 1898
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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It is with great pleasure that I express my gratitude to those who have helped make this undertaking possible. My interest in the Spanish- American War dates back to my undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, where I was privileged to work with Jesus Cruz...
In a cartoon titled “One Type of Patriot” published in October 1898, the Chicago Inter Ocean commented on the effects of media during the Spanish-American War in mobilizing Americans into political action (figure i.1). The first frame depicts a prototypical white male...
1: The Spectacle of Endangered Bodies: The Visual Iconography of War
Prior to the U.S. declaration of war against Spain, American editors, journalists, cartoonists, writers, and playwrights framed the Cuban crisis almost entirely from a Cuban nationalist perspective. This is not surprising given Spanish governor-general Weyler’s combative...
2: The Spectacle of Disaster: The Explosion of the U.S.S. Maine
Press campaigns to raise awareness of Cuba’s humanitarian crisis had been growing steadily since 1895, but the single incident that irrevocably focused media attention on Cuba occurred at precisely 9:40 p.m. on the evening of February 15, 1898, when the...
3: Socializing the Politics of Militarism: The Spanish-American War in Popular Culture
After the declaration of war, President McKinley called for 125,000 volunteers to supplement regular army units. The response was staggering. The Maine disaster and the humanitarian crisis in Cuba inspired thousands of young men across the nation to enlist...
4: The Visual Script Changes: The Annexation of Hawaii and the Lure of Empire
Upon the opening of hostilities, Blackton and Smith of Vitagraph produced America’s first war motion picture—“Tearing Down the Spanish Flag” (1898). When Blackton’s hand was seen tearing down the Spanish flag and hoisting the American flag in its place...
5: The War’s Final Phase: The Shadow of Military Scandal on Glorified Victory
Probably the most illustrious reporter to cover the Cuban rebellion was New York World correspondent Sylvester Scovel. Richard Harding Davis wrote of him, “A more manly, daring and able young man I have seldom...
6: Building an Imperial Iconography: Race, Paternalism, and the Symbols of Empire
In March 1899 a group of New York society women organized a “mid-Lent entertainment” that they called “Uncle Sam’s Annexation Party.” They asked guests to come to the party in costume as American colonial subjects. Those arriving as Filipinos wore rings in their noses...
7: The Spectacular Wrap-Up in Three Postwar Moments
After Filipino nationalist leader Emilio Aguinaldo was captured in 1901, the U.S. military held him prisoner in Manila. In 1902 American photographer William Dinwiddie for the New York World visited him during his captivity and was struck by the...
Page Count: 344
Illustrations: 88 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 794700812
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