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.
Long before it became a state, Hawaii enchanted Americans with a vision of tropical ease, languid music, and a steady throb of sensuality. That life disappeared on December 7, 1941, but vivid traces of it remain.
The Hawaii of centuries long past emerges from the landscapes crossed by its ancient trails
The White Man’s Burden
The trouble with having (and being) a hero
He Never Got Hawaii out of His System
For a century Hawaii’s westernmost island has stubbornly resisted the tides of change
To the question of acquiring new territories overseas, and owning colonies, one group of Americans answered with a resounding “No!”