Elinor Langer, a member of The Nation editorial board, is the author of Josephine Herbst and A Hundred Little Hitlers: The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in the United States.
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The first overseas acquisition of the United States was not Hawaii, but Midway, claimed under the Guano Act of 1856.
Here's how the US Congress addressed the issue.
From our archives: The Nation addressed the question of annexation in 1898.
The story of how the Hawaiian people lost their homeland--and their continuing quest to win it back.