How One Forgotten War Created Modern America

If you took an advanced high school history class, you might remember that The Spanish-American War happened. You might even retain a few details: a vessel drop in Cuba, the U.S. taking over Puerto Rico, Teddy Roosevelt riding a horse…and once you reacted a couple experiment a matter of that, you moved on forever. To most people, the wars that define America involve George Washington winning, Adolf Hitler losing, and the Russians parting nukes at us and frowning. But what if a brief American conflicts around the year 1898 did just as much to mold the entire world’s fate? And what if beings of that time knew their votes in a few key ballots would make all the difference?

On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is acceded to by Stephen Kinzer , columnist of The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire . Alex and Stephen dig into The Spanish-American War, and why it’s its important American war nobody in America ever “ve been thinking about”. They’ll look at how a little-known U.S. Senator, an even lesser-known populist silver freak, and the bequest of the Spanish Inquisition shape all our lives today. And they’ll consider the appropriate means that may modern voters could finally rebut the issue of what America is supposed to be in the world, and answer it in a way when everyone benefits.

Footnotes :

Polling region by commonwealth( )

Free Rides and Office Holidays: The Companies Forming It Easier to Elect( CityLab )

7 Channel To Entertain Yourself While Waiting To Vote( Bustle )

The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire

Stephen Kinzer — Watson Institute, Brown University

Spanish-American War( )

Teller and Platt Amendments( Library of Congress )

The Treaty Of Paris, 1898( Library of Congress )

“Was the General elections of 1900 A Mandate on Imperialism? ” by Thomas A. Bailey( Mississippi Valley Historical Review, via JSTOR )

Following the Frontier Line, 1790 to 1890( US Census Bureau )

Henry Cabot Lodge( Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress )

artist @smoucan on Twitter

The Insular Cases( Wikipedia )

How politics clamped Puerto Rico out of billions in calamity assistance( Politico )

Plessy v. Ferguson( Cornell Law School )

Wikipedia article on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Catiline, Roman politician( Encyclopedia Brittanica )

Bimetallism( Encyclopedia Brittanica )

Philippines’ Duterte Confesses to ‘Drug War’ Slaughter( Human Rights Watch )

Duterte with picture of American massacre, as reported by Update Philippines

Carl Schurz( Encyclopedia Brittanica )

The Wars of Carl Schurz( New York Times )

Carl Schurz Park( NYC Parks )

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