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[Detail] General view of harbor at San Juan, Porto Rico looking South.

Historical Issues-Analysis and Decision-Making: Formulating a Position on an Issue

Assume the role of a foreign policy advisor to President McKinley on the eve of the 1898 negotiations of a treaty with Spain to end the Spanish-American War. Use sources from the collection, as well as other sources, to write a paper clearly formulating the position U.S. delegates should take regarding negotiations over Puerto Rico. What are the underlying factors that would influence your position? What alternative courses of action could be taken? What are the costs and benefits arising from your position on the issue?