The Influence of American Elitist Attitudes and Private Letters on President McKinley’s Decision for War

By Bettye Grable.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This cultural study analyzes the influence of 27 private letters written by citizens to President William McKinley about his decision to delay war against Spain in 1898. The surviving letters analyzed are dated after the Maine exploded and advised the President against war. This study suggests that McKinley’s decision to delay war is related to dignified and elitist attitudes held by Americans in 1898. Most of the private letters written to McKinley supported his policy of a peaceful resolution between America and Spain about the Spanish-Cuban dilemma.

Keywords: Spanish Dilemma, Cuba, American Elitist Attitudes, Private Letters to President McKinley, Peaceful Diplomacy, Cuban Independence

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 8, pp.191-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.221MB).

Dr. Bettye Grable

Associate Professor, Journalism, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Dr. Bettye A. Grable serves as an associate professor in the Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including: Mass Communication Theory; Research Methods; Mass Media and Society; Historical and Contemporary Issues in Journalism; Introduction to Mass Media; Mass Media Methods; Public Relations Methods; and Language Skills for Journalists. Dr. Grable received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from Florida A&M University. Her doctorate degree was earned in 2005 from Louisiana State University. She is most interested in theory development particularly as it relates to research that expands knowledge about the reception, influence and utility of television content on diverse viewers satisfaction with life. Dr. Grable also seeks out research that allows her to better understand the intersections between mass communication and historical events.


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