WRITING ASSIGNMENT # 2B: “The Splendid Little War”
In 1854 the United States issued the Ostend Manifesto, declaring that Cuba was “naturally” a part of the United States, and urged Spain to accept an offer of $120 million for the island. A threat was also issued that if Spain refused, the United States would “wrest” the island by force. While the threat was not carried out at that point in the nation’s history, Cuba will eventually fall within the American sphere of influence.
INSTRUCTIONS:
In order to prepare you must complete the following readings:
Review and identify the sections of Chapter 21 that address the topics that are relevant to this essay.
Read the linked articles and use at least one of them for your essay to support your discussion:
New York Herald Tribune ( http://highered.mheducation.com/olc2/dl/807271/chap19elem4.html ) on the War and yellow press
De Lôme Letter transcript ( http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=53&page=transcript )
Platt Amendment 1903 transcript ( http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=55&page=transcript )
Identify and incorporate at least one additional outside source to support your discussion. In addition to the textbook, you may use any material outside of the textbook that is recommended in the Additional Reading section at the end of each chapter. You are also encouraged to do your own research and identify relevant sources. Please keep in mind that WIKIPEDIA is not an acceptable reference.
PREPARE AND SUBMIT:
Write a well organized essay, a minimum of 700 words (but not limited to), including supporting details from the documents/textbook/other sources in which you analyze and discuss the material that has been assigned by addressing the following question:
In 1898 the U.S. declared war on Spain. Discuss why the Spanish-American War has been called the “splendid little war,” the reasons offered as to why the U.S. decided to engage in this war, and if you agree or disagree with these reasons . We also fought the Philippine-American War during this period. Discuss possible reasons why this war has been largely ignored.
Reminders
Paragraphs in an essay are not numbered. Any questions that are associated with an assigned reading are there to serve as a guide for your discussion.
Your discussion should incorporate all of the information from the documents and or textbook, and outside sources as one essay.
Students are required to research and incorporate into their discussions additional sources that relate to the content. Recommendations can be found in at the end of textbook chapter in Additional Reading. Please keep in mind that WIKIPEDIA is not an acceptable reference.
All statements must be supported and all sources must be identified and cited, and included in your reference list. This also applies to the textbook. Failure to do so constitutes Plagiarism, and the college has strict policies and penalties for failure to comply. Under the Resources tab you will find links to sites that review how to format a paper or essay. I recommend that students use APA or Chicago Style to format their essay. Students should ask their instructor which format style they prefer you to use.
Proofread your work. Make sure that you have looked for all of the spelling and grammatical errors and corrected them, and that you have organized your work into coherent paragraphs.
Prepare the assignment as a Word Document, double-spaced and using a standard font of 12 points.
Submit it in the Dropbox as an ATTACHMENT. Any work that is submitted directly into the box will be graded as a 0.
Point Value: 100
Grading Criteria:
Analysis and discussion. (60%)
Support of discussion (30%)
Organization. (10%)
Reminder: All written work must comply with standard English rules, such as proper capitalization, grammar and spelling. The assignment must be submitted by the deadline listed in the calendar.

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