Nation Within: The Story Of America'S Annexation Of The Nation Of Hawaii
Publish Date: 2003-12-01
Author: Tom Coffman
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin called this book a new vision of Hawaiian history, a nation-to-nation story that brings the once-independent nation of Hawai'i to life. As the 19th century wanes, America incessantly pressures the native government for ever-greater control, then conspires with missionary descendants to overthrow the island government. Long-buried evidence reveals that the native Hawaiians, far from being passive, engage in a five-year resistance against annexation. The American axis that runs between Washington and Honolulu, thwarted in its ambition, desperately turns to an insult of Japanese immigrants and a dangerous provocation of Japan. Native Hawaiian lobbyists in Washington again stymie an annexation treaty. But the American drive to expand into a first-rate power is relentless, finding new opportunities when the U.S.S. Maine blows up in Havana Harbor.