Progressive Era (1890-1913)
the 1890s, the belief that Americans should avoid getting involved with
other countries was slowly fading. Because of its rapid economic and
social growth, the U.S. had become a major world power.
So when Cuban rebels began a violent revolution
against Spanish rule in 1895, and a mysterious explosion sunk the U.S.S.
Maine in the Havana harbor, the U.S. entered into what diplomat John
Hay called "a splendid little war" with Spain.
Spanish-American War ended relatively soon, issues over ownership of the
Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the Hawaiian islands also had to be