U.S. Naval Academy professor Aaron O’Connell teaches a class on the history of U.S. Marine Corps military engagements in the Caribbean, from the period following the Spanish-American War in the late 1890s into the 1930s. These military actions are known as “The Banana Wars.” Professor O’Connell examines the strategic and economic reasons for American military involvement in that region, and he compares the leadership styles of three presidents during this era -- Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson. The U.S. Naval Academy is in Annapolis, Maryland.