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    Final Homecomings - The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures - Digital Collections

    The return of war heroes from the Philippines caused another flurry of homecoming events. The U.S. cruiser Raleigh was the first boat of the Pacific Squadron to visit the U.S. after the war and was filmed by the Edison Company on the Hudson River in April 1899. The Raleigh was famous for having fired the first gun at Manila on August 13. Admiral Dewey ...

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    "Remember the Maine": The Beginnings of War - The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures - Digital Collections

    Soon after their invention, motion pictures became a popular attraction in vaudeville and variety stage venues. Events such as the Spanish-American War increased the movies' popularity, since films of the war sparked great interest and patriotism in theater-goers. Their interest was certainly strengthened by the press which exploited the events occurring in Cuba in order to attract a larger circulation. Sensationalist stories of Spanish ...

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    Sources - The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures - Digital Collections

    A variety of sources was consulted for the writing of all materials accompanying these films. They are listed below, divided into motion picture sources, Spanish-American War sources, and Philippine Revolution sources. Motion Picture Sources American Mutoscope & Biograph Company catalogs. Bitzer, G. W. "Filming My First War: 1898" in Billy Bitzer: His Story. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973. Edison Manufacturing Company catalogs. Musser, Charles. ...

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    The Philippine Revolution - The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures - Digital Collections

    Although the fighting with Spain in the Philippines had ended in August 1898, American troops found themselves with more battles to fight there in order to assert U.S. dominance over the region. The fighting with Filipino rebels began as a result of the U.S. refusal to include the Filipino nationalists in negotiations over the future of the Philippines. The Philippines were ceded to the ...

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    The War Ends: Parades and Controversies - The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures - Digital Collections

    After fighting ended with the signing of a Peace Protocol between the United States and Spain in August 1898, the film companies were eager to get footage of the returning war heroes. Both Edison and Biograph filmed the Sampson homecoming parade on August 20, 1898, in New York City. Several views of the ships involved in the war were shown heading up the Hudson ...

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    The War in Cuba - The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures - Digital Collections

    U.S. Infantry Supported by Rough Riders at El Caney. Edison Manufacturing Co. May 1899. Orange Mountains near West Orange, New Jersey. Reenacted by the New Jersey National Guard. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. On June 14, American army troops left Tampa to begin their invasion of Cuba. Edison photographer Paley made his way down to Cuba with other reporters ...

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    The Paper Print Film Collection at the Library of Congress - The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures - Digital Collections

    Most of the films featured in the American Memory presentations are from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. Because the copyright law did not cover motion pictures until 1912, early film producers who desired protection for their work sent paper contact prints of their motion pictures to the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library ...