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The Spanish-American War : "remember the Maine!"
Somerlott, Robert.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2002]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Explosion in Havana -- "Remember the Maine" -- America's most popular war -- The Rough Riders -- The struggle for Cuba -- The naval battle of Santiago de Cuba -- Americans on the Spanish islands -- The new American empire.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.1 4.0 60979.
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- Presents objective historical overviews of American wars.
- Useful for book reports, research, and casual reading.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Part of the American War series, this gripping overview of the 114-day Spanish-American War combines general information and specific details in straightforward prose. Eyewitness descriptions by several key historical figures, including the ship's captain and the American Red Cross' Clara Barton, add authenticity and immediacy to the account of the Maine's explosion. Subsequent chapters introduce significant participants in the war, such as Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, William Randolph Hearst and his yellow journalists, and poor William McKinley, whose desire to keep America out of war proved to be among the most unpopular stances a President has ever taken. Simple, concrete sentences make the work accessible to younger YAs, while rich details and a focus on complex, colorful characters will sustain the interest of teens in more advanced grades. Brief emphasis on some less famous people, including the African American soldiers who cleared the way for the Rough Riders' successful attacks, adds a dimension to the history that is missing from many other accounts. Includes a time line and chapter notes. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-When the battleship Maine sank in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898, the American rumblings for war with Spain reached the point of demand, and despite President McKinley's reservations, war was declared. From Admiral Dewey's initial great naval victory in Manila Bay to Teddy Roosevelt's celebrated charge up San Juan Hill, this was a popular war, over quickly, and with more loss of American life to food poisoning than gunfire. It was a war that, as well, set the United States on a markedly imperialistic path. Eight clearly laid out chapters delineate the course of the conflict, with prior social and political history neatly worked in. Well-placed black-and-white photos, maps, and period reproductions extend the clear narrative text. A two-page time line, detailed chapter notes, a bibliography of print and Internet sources, and an accurate index round out this objective look at a turning point in American history. Timely in its consideration of jingoism and fever for war, Somerlott's offering is similar in approach to Deborah Bachrach's The Spanish-American War (Lucent, 1991; o.p.). This sound report source is a good addition to history collections.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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