Today in History–February 15–the Library of Congress features the Spanish-American War, sparked on this date in 1898 when an explosion sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. Two months later, President William McKinley announced a state of war with Spain on April 25, 1898. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources.
Spanish-American War primary source set, includes teacher guide
Spanish-America War images from the Detroit Publishing Company
Selected newspaper articles about the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine (includes brief timeline & search strategies)
Selected newspaper articles about major events of the Spanish-American War (includes brief timeline & search strategies)
“The Battle of Manila. The Destruction of the Spanish Fleet Described by Eye-Witnesses. I. Narrative” The Century: A Popular Quarterly Volume 56, Issue 4, Aug. 1898
Related primary source collections