Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Far From Home

Monday, February 06, 2006

Far From Home

In the primary documents # 7
The Spanish-American War was a brief, intense conflict that effectively ended Spain's worldwide empire and gained the United States several new possessions in the Caribbean and the Pacific. In the document it states " In the democratic age, wars can not be fought without the public's consent". Then again the Spanish war was fought without people knowing that it was taking place right in front of their noses until it was to late.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A nice illustration of the Maine. It is true that the consent of the public is needed for a democracy to wage war. The American public was well aware that the war was being fought. In fact, the public was supporting the call for war. Whether the masses were ignorant of the reality of the war in all of its violence is debatable. The image you selected is a part of this. The grand sea battles between the navy of the U.S. and Spain, were spectacles without the bloodshed that would later flow in the Philippines. A naval war is easier to turn into a spectacle for popular consumption. See Godkin's piece in Primary Documents

2/13/2006 11:43 PM  

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