Wayne Soini

The Cuban Speech

In 1861 Redfield Proctor chose war to save the Union over quietly practicing law. In 1898, just after then-Senator Proctor witnessed the horrors of the world’s first concentration camps in Cuba, he stood in the United States Senate and delivered an unofficial report. Proctor’s earnest March 17, 1898 account, delivered without emotion in monotone, aroused passions from coast to coast. Headlined on the front pages of newspapers that had been a month awaiting word from the Navy on the cause.....