Battleships and the Naval Arms Race (1906-1910): Topics in Chronicling America
In the early 1900s, the U.S. competed internationally to build powerful naval armed ships. This guide provides access to materials related to "Battleships and the Naval Arms Race" 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 US 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.
Trying to keep afloat in a world-wide naval arms race, the U.S. launches the great USS Michigan on May 26, 1908 swiftly followed by the USS South Carolina in July of that same year. England sparked the race in 1906 when it introduced the “world’s most powerful battleship,” prompting Germany, Japan, the U.S., and a number of other countries to build increasingly larger and more powerfully armed ships. 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.
February 10, 1906
Battleship HMS Dreadnought is launched.
November 15, 1906
Japan launches the Satsuma.
July 22, 1907
Germany launches SMS Nassau.
May 26, 1908
United States launches the USS Michigan.
August 20, 1910
Italy launches the Dante Alighieri.
July 24, 1910
Austria-Hungary begins building the Viribus Unitis.