SAT Subject US History Practice Question 399: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 399

20. Newspaper illustrator-"Everything is quiet. There is no trouble here. There will be no war. I wish to return." Editor-"Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war." The above exchange of telegrams most likely refers to

A. the Mexican-American War
B. the First Seminole War
C. the French and Indian War
D. the Spanish-American War
E. the Civil War

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

The newspapers of William Randolph Hearst published propaganda that aroused public opinion against Spain to such a degree that Washington felt it had no choice but to declare war on Spain. Historians have always credited- or discredited-Hearst with forcing this war to happen in order to boost his newspaper's circulation.

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