1898 - 100th Anniversary - 1998

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Exactly 100 years ago this year, the United States fought Spain on both sea and land and was extraordinarily victorious. The Spanish-American War, known as "The Splendid Little War", and precipitated by the explosion of the U.S. battleship "Maine" in Havana harbor, lasted from April to August 1898. It was a turning point, a watershed, in U.S. history and resulted in...

All of the above led to where we are today. It is the basic foundation for us becoming the unchallenged, premiere world power of the 20th Century -- the American Century. The Spanish-American War, the outcome of which was mainly determined by sea power, was somewhat similar to the recent Gulf War in the Middle East -- it was a quick, clean surgical operation, but the results, prizes and historical significance were astronomically and exponentially much greater and definitely permanent. At the time, the war had the effect of psychologically unifying a United States which was still divided a generation after the Civil War. The European powers didn't think we could pull it off, but we did, much beyond anyone's dreams and expectations. It was the ultimate expression of Manifest Destiny.

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For those interested in collecting stamps, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative "Remember the Maine" stamp honoring this significant event during the week of February 15th. It is available at most post offices.

Footnote: Most Americans do not understand or realize the importance and significance of the results of this war. The importance was not the war itself or the explosion of the "Maine", but rather the fact that it resulted in the U.S. becoming a world power with an overseas empire. This brought us into the 20th Century with strength, power, confidence and self-assertion. This American overseas empire has receded only slightly. It began to recede in 1946 with independence granted to the Philippines, and will recede again on the last day of 1999 with the pull-out of the U.S. from the Panama Canal.

Contributed by Lance Terell

Presented by CZBrats
December 24, 1998
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