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"This first-class booklet is needed studying for an individual drawn to how American presidents have attempted to promote war."--Steven Casey, writer of marketing the Korean battle. "This is American historical past at its best--insightful and revealing in regards to the prior, but even as illuminating the important questions of our personal day."--Jeffrey A. Engel, Texas A&M college. George W. Bush's crusade for conflict in Iraq in 2003 drew recognition to the ways that an American president might attempt to "sell" a warfare. in fact, Bush used to be now not the 1st to exploit his place and propaganda during this method, because the essays during this standout quantity aspect. Preeminent students within the box percentage their perception during this striking assortment. Chapters by means of Paul S. Boyer, Lloyd Gardner, George C. Herring, Robert J. McMahon, Chester Pach, Emily S. Rosenberg, Robert D. Schulzinger, Mark A. Stoler, and Marilyn B. younger improve this finished and enlightening paintings. From the Spanish-American conflict to the battle on Terror, every one bankruptcy in promoting warfare in a Media Age explains how smooth presidents have stimulated, coerced, directed, and led public opinion over concerns of warfare and peace due to the fact 1898. whereas a few essays spotlight the systematic efforts by means of American presidents to achieve public help for battle and overseas clash, many extra show that there have been limits to what presidential persuasion may possibly accomplish.

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De Lome’s unflattering comments about McKinley inflamed an already agitated American public. But what drew special attention in the White House were the minister’s cynical comments suggesting that the Spanish government had never intended to abide by its commitments to the United States. S. S. interests, exploded and sank in Havana harbor, killing 260 officers and men. The Maine provoked fervent popular outrage in the United States. Patriotic hysteria gripped the nation. “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain” became a popular rallying cry.

On the infusion of war and militarization into American culture in the twentieth century, see Michael Sherry, In the Shadow of War: The United States since the 1930s (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995). Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton argue that war has been a central feature of the nation’s development since its founding in The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500–2000 (New York: Penguin Books, 2005). 35. Kernell, Going Public. ” See Edwards and Wayne, Presidential Leadership, 10–11.

His studied ambiguity concealed his intentions. He skillfully neutralized opposition and closely directed the political battle while seeming to remain above it. In shaping policy and making decisions, McKinley paid close attention to public opinion. One friend said of him that “his faith in the public intelligence and conscience was supreme. He believed that people knew more than any man. ”14 He carefully read the White House mail, scanned as many as a dozen newspapers daily, and examined scrapbooks of press clippings from across the nation.

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