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19 June

Filibuster Movement

Filibuster William Walker

Filibuster William Walker

As many of you, I know the term filibuster to mean a long speech that a senator makes when trying to stall for time. Also, like many of you I associate this term with the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”. However, there is another meaning of this term: “An adventurer who engages in unauthorized warfare against a country with which his own country is at peace.”


Works Cited:
American History Illustrated, El presidente gringo, Feb 1989, Vol. 24 Issue 10, p.14

History Detectives: Preston Brook’s Riding Crop

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Books on the Subject:

Lopez’s expeditions to Cuba, 1850 and 1851, (Filson club publications)

The Free Flag of Cuba: The Lost Novel of Lucy Holcombe Pickens (Library of Southern Civilization)

Fatal Glory: Narciso Lopez and the First Clandestine U. S. War Against Cuba

Cuban Confederate Colonel: The Life of Ambrosio Jose Gonzales

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