Social Studies - 2018-19
USII.5a - Spanish American War
The student will apply social science skills to understand the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by
a) explaining the reasons for and results of the Spanish-American War;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The United States emerged as a world power as a result of victory over Spain in the Spanish-American War.
Economic interests and public opinion often influence United States involvement in international affairs.
Reasons for the Spanish-American War
Protection of American business interests in Cuba
American support of Cuban rebels to gain independence from Spain
Rising tensions between Spain and the United States as a result of the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor
Exaggerated news reports of events (yellow journalism)
Results of the Spanish-American War
The United States emerged as a world power.
Cuba gained independence from Spain.
The United States gained possession of the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico.