This PowerPoint presentation examines the causes and outcomes of America's war with Spain. It begins by examining events transpiring in Cuba and the push for independence from Spain. It then examines the role of William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, and yellow journalism is publicizing the Cuban situation in America and pushing the public into supporting U.S. action. It then examines the impact of the De Lome letter and the explosion if the USS Maine on America's road to war. The Teller Amendment, and its promise of Cuban freedom is discussed. The war itself is dealt with VERY briefly. The emphasis quickly shifts to the Treaty of Paris 1898 and America's acquisition of "colonies." America's involvement in the Philippines is briefly established (to be covered in more depth in a later presentation). The Platt Amendment and America's influence in Cuba is covered next, followed by the Foraker Act and American involvement in Puerto Rico. It concludes with a brief examination of the rights of the people in newly acquired territory and the Supreme Court's decision in the Insular Cases. This presentation is used in an Advanced Placement United States history class and is based on parts of Chapter 27 of The American Pageant, 14th ed.