January 19, 2019

Today in History: U.S.S. Maine Sunk

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, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources.

The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War

Spanish-American War primary source set, includes teacher guide

The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

Topical (chronological) title list of Spanish-American war motion pictures

Spanish-American War maps

The West Point Atlas of American Wars Volume I 1689-1900

Spanish-American War sheet music

Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection selected images

Spanish-America War images from the Detroit Publishing Company

Capturing the Spanish-American War, illustrations

Panoramic images of the wreck of the U.S.S. Maine

More Spanish-American War images

Letters of a volunteer in the Spanish-American War

More Spanish-American War books & articles

Letters of a volunteer in the Spanish-American War

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)

Spanish-American War 1898 front-page newspaper coverage 

The Battle of Manila. The Destruction of the Spanish Fleet Described by Eye-Witnesses. I. NarrativeThe Century: A Popular Quarterly Volume 56, Issue 4, Aug. 1898

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  1. Zackeisha Ayonote says:

    Was the Panamal Canal before this because I don’t understand.

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