July 25

Puerto Rico became a commonwealth of the United States

July 25, 1952

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    Lesson 2: The Spanish–American War

    On April 11, 1898, two months after the battleship U.S.S. Maine was destroyed by an explosion in Havana harbor, President McKinley sent a message to Congress requesting authority to use the U.S. armed forces to end a brutal civil war in the Spanish colony of Cuba. This lesson plan, through the use of primary sources and a WebQuest Interactive, will focus on the causes of the war and the political debate in the United States over the advisability of intervening militarily in the affairs of countries.

Thomas Eakins, American painter, photographer, and sculptor, is born

July 25, 1844