“The Great China Market” Alfred Thayer Mahan - "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century.” –markets await American business, merchant fleet, defensive naval force, territorial expansion, isthmian canal. Open Door policy - 1899 allowing multiple Imperial powers access to China, with none of them in control of that country
UBS’S. Maine - 1898. Sent to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain, she exploded suddenly without warning and sank quickly, killing nearly three quarters of her crew. Started Spanish – American War “yellow journalism” - resents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers William Randolph Hearst - Acquiring more newspapers, Hearst created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak. He later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world. - Joseph Pulitzer – competed with Hearst for most widely read paper. John Hay - American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln “splendid little war” – Spanish – American War – over in 18 months, US won Henry Teller – Republican from Colorado Teller Amendment – 1898 Us has no intention of taking over Cuba as our territory Orville Platt – republican Connecticut Platt Amendment – 1901 revokes language of Teller amendment – Cuba can’t enter into treaty with anyone, US can protect Cuba.