Library Exterior VI
Library Exterior V
Early US Imperialism
On this date in 1893, American business interests overthrew the monarchy of Queen Liliukalani, established their own elitist junta, and demanded that the US annex Hawaii, which (surprise, surprise) they did.
After the completion of the militarist-imperialist-racist campaign known as Manifest Destiny -- which had stolen most of North America and exterminated the native populations in an officially sanctioned program of genocide and ethnic cleansing -- the takeover of Hawaii was one of the first warnings that the US was moving towards a hegemonic control of the globe.
Most of the western world at that time was focused on the growing military strength of Germany and Japan. They may have been wiser in the long run to have looked over their shoulder.