Annexation Of Hawai I

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Katie Purvis
October 28,2014
The Annexation of Hawai’i to the United States:
Forming a False National Narrative
The Annexation of Hawai’i to the United States occurred in 1898 and even at the time there was no agreement on causation, effect, or even on the useful nature of the legislation. Since the Annexation, Historians have attempted to recreate the situation into understandable terms for readers while also outlining their arguments for cause, effect, or use. As each generation enters with new sources and new perspectives, the understanding of the Annexation becomes less straight forward but also more informed.
Immediately following the Annexation, several publications were created to document the tumultuous event. …show more content…

While Kuykendall did not provide history of what occurred between 1893 and 1898, when formal Annexation occurred. He did provide an in-depth look at what would eventually lead up to Annexation. Moving the event to become a bookend again opposed Pratt’s decision to have events appear after the fact due to its occurrence. Kuykendall began with the aim in 1938 to, “ Discover the source material not already available in Honolulu and to obtain copies of as much of it as possible, particularly document that shed new light on the history of the islands…” Kuykendall started a new aim of historical thought. He was using sources from the archives of places such as England, France, Japan and even Mexico with a focus to, “ [make] a conscientious effort to present the facts objectively and to treat impartially the numerous controversial questions that have to be dealt with.” Kuykendall, however, altered his aims slightly as he published his second volume of The Hawaiian Kingdom stating, “An Attempt has been to get a truer perception and to give a more adequate account of the development of the [middle] Period.” The idea of a general history of Hawai’i was slowly being guided by a division in politics. The “middle period” dealing with Kamehameha III and the accession of Kalakaua began a much broader study of influences of the ongoing struggles between Hawai’i and the United States. No longer did the History contain the smooth transition of the early studies which had been guided by a solid argument for or against Annexation. Kuykendall studied new sources and a much broader historical time period. This decision took all of the previous studies: political, economic, cultural, and military, and applied them to both the U.S. and Hawaiian

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