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Lecture – “Why the USS Maine Sailed to Havana: New Evidence” with Walt Johanson

January 26, 2013 @ 10:30 am

Coffee is at 10:30 AM.  Presentation begins at 11:00 AM.

January 2013 marks 115 years since the battleship Maine was sent to Havana, its sinking the following month leading to the Spanish-American War. The standard explanation was that the ship was sent to Cuba to protect American lives and property. Walt Johanson explores other factors long ignored by other historians. A search of contemporary materials shows that a complex of humanitarian and geopolitical concerns influenced both informed opinion-makers and national decision-makers.

CDR Walt Johanson, USN (Ret.), retired from the Navy in 1995, and from teaching in the Mount Vernon, NY, schools in 2011. He is now a full-time historian. He has also taught American History at the City College of New York, Economics at Iona College, American Government at Mercy College, and War Gaming at the Naval War College. His writings on naval topics have been published by the Naval War College, the Naval Reserve Association, and in the Congressional Record.

The Public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, if you plan to attend. If you would also like to join them for lunch with the speaker following the presentation, it is $20 prepaid. Reservations required.


January 26, 2013
10:30 am
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