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Evangelina Cisneros. From: George Clarke Musgrave. Under Three Flags in Cuba: A Personal Account of the Cuban Insurrection and the Spanish-American War. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1899.
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The plight of Cuban women had a powerful emotional appeal for the U.S. public. A massive press campaign was launched by Hearst on behalf of a young woman, known in the United States as Evangelina Cisneros, who was imprisoned in Havana. Petitions for her freedom were signed by prominent U.S. women and the pope, and addressed to the Queen regent of Spain. Evangelina managed to escape with the help of correspondent Karl Decker, who most probably bribed her guards. The story presented to the public was that of a heroic "journalism that acts."

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