1898: The Spanish-American War, April 19 to December 10

Called the “Splendid Little War,” the United States declared war on Spain over independence for Cuba, exacerbated by the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor and strident newspaper accounts of Spanish atrocities (the so-called “yellow journalism”).  The war resulted in freedom for Cuba and American control of the former Spanish territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.  Mississippi raised three militia regiments for federal service although none of them were deployed outside the continental United States.

1898: Edward Barq creates Barq’s Root Beer in Biloxi

1898: Supreme Court upholds voting restrictions in Williams v. Mississippi

The court ruled that the voting restrictions in the 1890 Mississippi Constitution did not discriminate against blacks, setting the stage for other southern states to employ such restrictions.

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