Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Daniel Newcomer

Committee Members

John M. Rankin, Daryl A. Carter


This paper examines the US-Cuban relationship during the first military occupation of Cuba from 1898 to 1902, to show the role of high modernist state building in the occupation and the scope of Cuban participation in this endeavor. This is evidenced by heavily examining the annual reports of the US Military Governor General of Cuba and the US appointed civil secretaries of the Cuban government. This research differs from previous studies in the field by introducing James C. Scott’s concepts of legibility and high modernist state building, as well as suggesting that the Cuban civil secretaries participated within a limited scope to help form an independent republic.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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