Background of the Issue:
The United States has expanded its territory many times. It has done so through various means, including negotiation, treaty, annexation, and war. But territorial expansion has often aroused strong debate among Americans. Use the timelines below to explore this enduring issue
The Debate Issue: Native Hawaiian Sovereignty:
In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii without the consent of native Hawaiians. In recent years, some Hawaiians have called for the return of native sovereignty. One possible solution is the establishment of some form of self-rule for natives, much like the “nation within a nation” status of Native Americans.
Read both sides of the debate below, and answer the questions after reading.
1. Compare- How do the two speakers differ on the issue of self-rule for Hawaiians?
2. Analyze- If Native Hawaiians gain sovereignty, how would their lives change?
3. Debate- Learn more about the issue of Hawaiian sovereignty and prepare an argument supporting one side of the debate.