The Spanish American War
==Use this link to study the SOL content of this topic. U.S. II 4a The Spanish American War

1. SAW Causes Causes
2. SAW Results Results
3. Just SAW SAW!!
4. SAW Fill-ins Blanks
5. SAW battleship Sinking!
6. SAW Matching Match!
7. SAW Fill-ins, again Fill-in
8. Column Match Match the columns

Unit Vocabulary: Copy the unit words onto pages 3-4 in your notebook. Use the links to find the definitions.

Spanish-American War War Definition

U. S. S. Maine: U.S.S. Maine

Yellow Journalism: Yellow Journalism
Cuban Rebels (Against whom did they rebel?) Cuban Rebels
Guam, Puerto Rico, Philippines Colonies
Imperialism (first sentence) Imperialism
Rough Riders Rough Riders

Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine Corollary
Big Stick Diplomacy (Last paragraph) Big Stick!
Panama Canal (Use the whole second paragraph.) Canal

Spanish American War Webquest: Please answer ONLY the assigned questions listed here and write the answers ON YOUR OWN PAPER.
Webquest questions: ONLY answer the following questions. 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18
==Spanish American War Webquest

 Unit Readings:

1. Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish American War:

Click on Theodore Roosevelt and the War. T. R. and the War

2. What is the historic background on the Spanish American War? Click on the link to read an excerpt from a textbook.

Spanish American War

3. Copy these questions into your notebook and answer them, using the link. Who were the Rough Riders and what did they do in the Spanish-American War? Name the most famous Rough Rider. Why did the U.S. enter the Spanish-American War? Rough Riders/the war

4. Click on this link to learn more about the Spanish-American War on the Library of Congress site. Spanish-American War Web Guide

View this picture of the wreck of the U.S.S. Maine. The picture shows the U.S.S. Maine's remains in 1911, when it had been brought up from underwater. How many years was this after it had sunk in 1898?

(When you finish reading, look at SAW in motion pictures! Click on the different topics and view the war on film!)

Motion pics link!

Opinions about the war:

What is one historian's interpretation of the war? Click here to read the link.

Public Opinion: "Public opinion often influences the actions of the U. S. people and government."

Click on the link and choose an opinion. Summarize it and then tell how it might be influencing the actions taken by our government.

Study the poster shown below. Write the Understanding Goal in your notebook. Next, copy the sentence giving an explanation of imperialism that is found in the "explore" section below the poster's pictures.

Copy the following statement and question into your notebook. Answer the question, using the information found in the poster and the study map.

Maps of American Imperialism: People Going With Me Always Have A Party! Why was America involved in imperialism?DIVI444.jpg

Copy the following statement and questions into your notebook. Read the link to find the answers.

Spain got the blame for the Maine! How did the Spanish-American War begin? Trick question: Who did the U.S. fight in the Spanish-American War??? Find the answer here: Sinking!

The Spanish-American War In Cuba/Map



Spanish American War Primary Sources: Silent movies of troops from the Library of Congress.

1. "Colored Troops Disembarking" troops
2. "Cuban Refugees Waiting For Rations" Cubans
3. "Roosevelt's Rough Riders" TR!

Big Stick Diplomacy:


On September 6, 1901, nearly six months after his second inauguration,

President McKinley was shot by an anarchist during a visit to the Pan

American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley died eight days later.

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt became the nation’s leader. Roosevelt, a

hero of the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba, was a proponent of American

expansionism. He once said that the United States in foreign policy should

“speak softly and carry a big stick.” The press quickly attached the “big-

stick” label to his administration’s foreign policy. Roosevelt believed the

United States should be a world power, and his aggressive foreign policy

made American imperialists happy. Anti-imperialists, by contrast, wanted

the United States to maintain its tradition of not being involved in global


Step 1 Reading: Big Stick Diplomacy: Three short paragraphs explaining the U. S. role in the Caribbean. Caribbean

Step 2 Reading: Panama Canal Reading: Write one fact for each paragraph as you read. Canal Link

Big Stick Ideology Cartoon: What is the cartoonist's opinion of Roosevelt and the Big Stick?

Map of Central America, Panama, and the Canal



Political Cartoons Showing Roosevelt

TR and the Teddy Bear: This political cartoon made Roosevelt's bear hunt famous. Click on the link. Bear

TR and the Canal: This political cartoon shows Roosevelt's influence on the building of the canal. Click on the link. Canal cartoon

TR Cleans Up: Roosevelt was active in the reform movement. Reform

Block 1 SAW LInk:

Block 1 Link