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        The Overthrow of Queen Lili‘uokalani

        Learn about the causes and the aftermath of the coup d'état of January 1893 that overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy, in this video from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Hawaii's Last Queen. Find out how the "Committee of Safety," a secret group organized by white sugar plantation owners, businessmen, and descendants of missionaries, set up a provisional government to replace the Hawaiian monarchy. Defying U.S. President Grover Cleveland, their ultimate goal was to overthrow Queen Lili‘uokalani and seek annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States.

        Additional materials related to the Overthrow can be found at the Bishop Museum's Hawai`i Alive.

        Contributor: Developed by WGBH Educational Foundation in collaboration with the Bishop Museum for the Hawai'i Alive project.
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