Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Imperialism and the Spanish-American War

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Imperialism and the Spanish-American War

In "I Saw What Was Left" The reading speaks of heinous brutallity towards Cuban dead. It was a shock to the author because the people doing the acts of barbarity, the Spanish come from a civilized society. The Spanish troops cut up the Cuban dead and use their body parts as trophies. They destroyed the skulls of the dead. Even worse they cut up the bodies so disgustingly that they could not be described as a dead human being. They act more barbaric then the American Indians. The author is right. You would have to go hunting to find strong enough terms to describe these inhuman acts on the dead Cuban soldiers. Scott Filaski

2 Comments:

Blogger bpotter said...

whoa i completely disagree. the Native Americans as they really should be referred to were never barbaric. Europeans were the ones who came and massacred the people who were in this country first. as for the Spanish involvement in Cuba, i am not surprised. People from the West in those days went all over the world thinking they can just take land from others b/c they are better than them. It wasn't right.

2/09/2006 2:57 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

I think that both of these comments could use a little bit of refinement. First, about the post: the stories of Spanish brutality were an imporant part of shaping public opinion for war. The reality is that these atrocities were often exaggerated. Spanish brutality was real, but it was dramatized by a press that had clearly chosen sides.

In relation to the question of Native American violence. Yes, there were atrocities committed by the both sides. Certainly the violence committed by Native American was sensationalized in the press just as Spanish violence was also made into a theme of countless pleas for intervention.

2/14/2006 12:38 AM  

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