King, W. Nephew.
Book Title STORY OF THE WAR OF 1898.
Binding (hardback, paperback, etc.) Hardcover
Book Condition Fair with no dust jacket
Edition First Edition; First Printing
Publisher's Name Peter Fenelon Collier. 1898
Seller ID or SKU 58973
Large book with many black and white plates and color plates of the war. Cover is worn and soiled and some pages have foxing. Scarce first edition. Revolts against Spanish rule had been endemic for decades in Cuba and were closely watched by Americans. There had been war scares before, as in the Virginius Affair in 1873. By 1897–98, American public opinion grew angrier at reports of Spanish atrocities in Cuba. After the mysterious sinking of the American battleship Maine in Havana harbor, political pressures from the Democratic Party pushed the administration of Republican President William McKinley into a war he had wished to avoid. Compromise proved impossible, resulting in the United States sending an ultimatum to Spain demanding it immediately surrender control of Cuba, which the Spanish rejected. First Madrid, then Washington, formally declared war.; Photos and Illustrations; Large Folio