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It has been a splendid little war wrote John Hay to Theodore Roosevelt after the fall of Santiago Little the Spanish-American War was it was over in barely four months Splendid Maybe for those at home reading the headline about its lucky victories But for those men who fought in it it was a bloody dirty and heroic war as any in history Zinn Johnson and Tindall Shi mostly wrote similar information about the war some wrote more details than the others They also emphasized strongly on different areas about the war This is not a summarization of the history of the war it is only to show which areas each authors wrote a great deal about In Howard Zinns book he emphasized strongly on commercial possibilities economic interest and an establishment of a white and a black republic in Cuba In 1898 there was a turnabout in the US business attitudes on Cuba Businessmen had been interested from the start of the Cuban revolt against Spain in the effect on commercial possibilities there There was a substantial economic interest in the island because according to President Grover Clevelands summarization in 1896 it is estimated that at least 30 million to 50 million of American capital are invested in the plantations and in railroad mining and other business enterprises on the island The volume trade between the US and Cuba which in 1889 amounted to about 64 million rose in 1893 to about 103 million The US government had power and profit in mind as it observed the events in Cuba The issue with the establishment of a white and a black republic was also a concern to the Cleveland administration if Cuba wins the war since Cuba had a mixture of the two races Out of the three books only Zinn wrote about this issue A black republic might be dominant Two-fifths of the insurgents in the field are negroes If these men
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