Copyright © 2017 by Federal News Radio. All rights reserved.
After months of pressure following the Feb. 17, 1898, destruction of the USS Maine in Havana, Cuba, President William McKinley asks Congress to declare war on Spain. Here, Mckinley, left, sits with his cabinet during a meeting in the White House. Second from left, foreground, Secretary of State John Hay, third from left, Secretary of War Elihu Root. This photo is circa 1898.