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Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War of 1898 was a relatively short war, lasting only three months. Yet this brief war propelled the United States into the position of a great world power. Despite its global significance, the impact of this war on the American home front was negligible. Casualty rates were low, rationing was unnecessary, shortages did not exist, and there was simply not enough time to convert to a large wartime economy.

With the exception of nurses, the Spanish-American War had little impact on America's working women, who made up about 18 percent of the labor force. However, over 1500 nurses were contracted by the government to help care for the 200,000 troops who volunteered to fight in the war. Working for the U.S. Army, these nurses were stationed in the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines, and on three ships as well. Nurses assigned to...

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