Although his flamboyant successor, Theodore Roosevelt, largely overshadowed him, William McKinney deserves credit for establishing the U.S. as a global power, acquiring Hawaii and Puerto Rico, establishing the “fair trade” doctrine, and paving the way for TR’s accomplishments.
That’s what the newspapers called him, and he spent an increasingly reckless career trying to edit out the adjective. But even winning a war single-handed didn’t get him what he wanted.
Conjectural or speculative history can be a silly game, as in “What if the Roman legions had machine guns?” But this historian argues that to enlarge our knowledge and understanding it sometimes makes very good sense to ask …
Presidential candidates stayed above the battle until William Jennings Bryan stumped the nation in 1896; they’ve been in the thick of it ever since
A Volunteer’s Eyewitness Account of the War With Spain
The United States remained officially neutral, but many Americans fought alongside both opposing armies and several became legendary heroes
exhibit one in a gallery of men who fought the good fight in vain
To the question of acquiring new territories overseas, and owning colonies, one group of Americans answered with a resounding “No!”
While Bryan stumped up and down the land, McKinley let the voters come to his lawn in Canton—and they came