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misery and suffering it entailed on a class of people who,
most of all, were not the appropriate subjects for his persecution,
and sentiment became so strong in the United
States against this policy (especially in view of the fact
that General Weyler had promised to end the " Insurrection
" in three months after he took command) that in
FEBRUARY, 1896, the United States Congress took up the
discussion of the matter. Several Senators and Congressmen
returned from visits to the island pending this discussion,
in which they took an active and effective part, depicting
a most shocking and revolting situation in Cuba,
for which Spain was considered responsible; and on April
6th following this joint resolution was adopted by Congress:
"Be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives
of the United States of America, that in the opinion
of Congress a public war exists between the Government of
Spain and the Government proclaimed and for some time
maintained by force of arms by the people of Cuba; and
that the United States of America should maintain a strict
neutrality between the contending powers, according to
each all the rights of belligerents in the ports and territory
of the United States.
"Resolved Jurther, that the friendly offices of the United
States should be offered by the President to the Spanish
government for the recognition of the independence of
THE INSURGENTS gained by this resolution an important
point. It dignified their so-called insurrection into an
organized army. with a government at its back, which was
so recognized and treated with. They could buy and sell
in American ports.
GENERAL ANTONIO MACEO about this time was doing great
havoc along the Spanish lines. He darted from place to
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Johnson, Edward A. (Edward Austin), 1860-1944. History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest., book, 1899; Raleigh, North Carolina. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14388/m1/12/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Other.