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- DescriptionQueen Lili?uokalani, born as Lydia Lili?u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka?eha, was the last reigning monarch of the kingdom of Hawai?i. She ascended the throne in January of 1891, upon the death of her brother, King David Kal?kaua. The Queen's desire to restore traditional powers to the sovereign threatened the power of the group of prominent businessmen kwn as the Missionary Party. With the support of armed U.S. Marines, this group overthrew the Queen in January 1893. For years after her overthrow, the Queen sought redress in the Congress and courts of the United States, but her efforts failed. In July 1898, Hawai?i was annexed as a territory to the United States of America. As part of her efforts to stave off annexation, the Queen published Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani in early 1898. She worked closely with the American journalist Julius Palmer on the manuscript, and the book reflects her experiences and perspectives. This classic work is the only autobiography written by a Hawaiian monarch, and provides a glimpse of life in Holulu during her lifetime. The Queen describes her childhood, and shares her thoughts on Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, Kamehameha V, the reign of Kal?kaua, and her marriage to John O. Dominis in 1862. A key work on Hawaiian history, it is especially valuable for the Queen's account of the increasingly omius state of Hawaiian politics surrounding the overthrow of the monarchy, including her 1895 arrest, abdication, and trial on charges of having kwledge of treasous activities against the newly formed government, the Republic of Hawaii. The new edition of Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani, is based on the 1898 edition, enhanced with additional illustrations, and antated by David W. Forbes. An introductory essay about the publishing history of the first edition includes portions of early drafts of the manuscript deemed too inflammatory to include by the publisher. A foreword by the trustees of the Queen Lili?uokalani Trust underscores that the Queen's legacy lives on, providing financial resources and social services for orphans and destitute Hawaiian children through the programs of the Queen Lili?uokalani Children's Centers.
- Author BiographyDavid W. Forbes is an internationally recognized historian and bibliographer specializing in aspects of the history of Hawai'i. He is also the author of the four-volume Hawaiian National Bibliography 1780-1900 (University of Hawai'i Press and Hordern House).
- Author(s)Queen Liliuokalani
- PublisherUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationHonolulu, HI
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight1293 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine48 mm
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