Today in History–April 25–the Library of Congress features the Spanish American War, declared on this date in 1898. Learn more about this short, decisive war by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn even more from primary sources.
Spanish American War primary source set, includes teacher guide
The West Point Atlas of American Wars Volume I 1689-1900 Spanish American War
Spanish American War images from the Detroit Publishing Company
By the President of the United States of America: a proclamation Whereas by an act of Congress approved April 25, 1898, it is declared that war exists and that war has existed since the 21st day of April, A. D. 1898
Select newspaper articles about major events of the Spanish American War (includes brief timeline & search strategies)
More Spanish-American War articles from the New York Journal and Advertiser
- “Cervera Wounded and a Prisoner. We Bombed Santiago at Noon To-Day” July 5, 1898.
- “Spain Asks for Terms of Peace, Negotiations Begun through England” July 9, 1898.
- “Peace!-The War is Over-Peace! Spain has Accepted Our Terms” August 3, 1898.
“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
Memorial to the united States Senate with respect to the Spanish treaty 30th January, 1899
First national encampment and reunion of the Spanish-American war volunteers from the Philadelphia Times June 4, 1899