April 11

President William McKinley asks Congress for a declaration of war against Spain

April 11, 1898

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    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.

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President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968

April 11, 1968

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U.S. forces liberate Buchenwald concentration camp

April 11, 1945

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