Annexation of Hawaii: Topics in Chronicling America
The United States annexed Hawaii in 1898 at the urging of President William McKinley. This guide provides access to material related to the “Annexation of Hawaii” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of U.S. Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
While a revolutionary crowd gathers outside the Iolani palace gates on January 14, 1893, Queen Liliuokalani is forced to relinquish control of the Hawaiian government. With the Queen dethroned, years of political turmoil would follow until Hawaii was officially annexed to the United States in 1898. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
July 6, 1887- January 20, 1891
Reign of King Kalakaua under the "Bayonet Constitution."
January 14, 1893
The Hawaiian Kingdom is overthrown.
July 17, 1893
James H. Blount delivers his report to President Cleveland.
February 26, 1894
The Morgan Report is submitted to the Senate.
July 6, 1898
William McKinley signs the annexation amendment.
February 22, 1900
Hawaii is officially annexed to the United States.