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Signing a Labor Contract
“You write?”

Sea Power by  Alfred T. Mahan

"Whoever rules the waves rules the world."

The Annexation Of Hawaii: Excerpts from the Blount Report

"...Until the people of the islands...voluntarily apply for admission into the Union."

The Hawaiian Situation: The Invasion of Hawaii by  Eugene Tyler Chamberlain

"The Queen was dethroned and the oligarchy established by proclamation."

A Plea for Annexation by  John Stevens

"These beautiful and sunny isles...must and will be improved and governed by an intelligent and powerful race."

The Hawaiian Situation: Our Present Duty by  William M. Springer

"We have no more right to overthrow a monarchy in Hawaii...than we have to overthrow a monarchy in Canada or Great Britain, or Russia or Turkey, or Spain..."

Grover Cleveland on the Overthrow of Hawaii's Royal Government by  Grover Cleveland

War Message by  William McKinley

"The war in Cuba is of such a nature that short of subjugation or extermination a final military victory for either side seems impracticable."

First Open Door Note by  John Hay

"Will in no way interfere with any...vested interest within any..."sphere of interest"...it may have in China.

Decision on the Philippines by  William McKinley

"When next I realized that the Philippines had dropped into our laps, I confess I did not know what to do with them."

Platt Amendment by  Elihu Root

"...demanding that the Government of Spain relinquish its authority and government in the island of Cuba"

First-Hand Experience of the San Francisco Earthquake by  Emma Burke

"The shock came, and hurled my bed against an opposite wall."