The end of the 19th century brought us war with Spain and a new empire overseas. Evan Thomas tells the story in his book, “The War
Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and W.R. Hearst are the principal pro-war leaders Thomas describes, along with those opposing them, House Speaker Thomas Brackett Reed and philosopher Henry James.
They did indeed rush to empire, especially after the warship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor. The Hearst and Pulitzer newspapers had a…