Latin America and the United States A Documentary History

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-14
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Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History brings together the most important documents on the history of the relationship between the United States and Latin America from the nineteenth century to the present. In addition to standard diplomatic sources, the book includes documents touching on the transnational concerns that are increasingly taught in the classroom, including economic relations, environmental matters, immigration, human rights, and culture. The collection illuminates key issues while representing a variety of interests and views as they have both persisted and shifted over time, including often-overlooked Latin American perspectives and U.S. public opinion.

Now fully revised in its second edition, Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History features updated selections on current trends, including key new documents on immigration, regional integration, indigenous political movements, democratization, and economic policy. The second edition adds twenty-one documents and revises ten existing texts to ensure maximum clarity. The first edition's careful consideration of the Latin American perspective on hemispheric relations has been strengthened in the second edition, with many selections translated from the original Spanish by the editors.

Comprehensive introductions to each document provide the reader with essential information about its historical context and significance. The book's detailed index identifies and cross-references the themes, events, problems, personalities, and nations discussed in both the documents and their introductions. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history and U.S.-Latin America relations, this book also serves as a unique reference tool for foreign policy professionals, international law specialists, journalists, and scholars in a variety of disciplines.

Author Biography

Robert H. Holden is Professor of History at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Armies without Nations (OUP, 2004) and Mexico and the Survey of Public Lands (1994).

Eric Zolov is Associate Professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College. He is the author of Refried Elvis: The Rise of the Mexican Counterculture (1999) and coeditor of Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940 (2001) and Rockin' Las Am+¬ricas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin/o America (2004).

Table of Contents

I. Transitions of Empire
No. 1 1802-03 The Louisiana Crisis, by President Thomas Jefferson
No. 2 1811 No Transfer Doctrine, by the Congress of the United States
No. 3 1823 Cuba: "An Apple Severed By the Tempest From Its Native Tree," by John Quincy Adams
No. 4 1823 The Monroe Doctrine, by James Monroe
No. 5 1824 The Congress of Panama, by Simón Bolívar
No. 6 1829 The United States: "Destined to Plague America with Torments," by Simón Bolívar
No. 7 1845 U.S. Participation in the Brazilian Slave Trade, by Henry A. Wise
No. 8 1845 Texas, Mexico and Manifest Destiny, by James K. Polk
No. 9 1846 President Polk's War Message to Congress, by James K. Polk
No. 10 1846 Bidlack Treaty, by the Governments of New Granada and the United States
No. 11 1847 The United States: "An Inconceivable Extravaganza," by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
No. 12 1848 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, by the Governments of Mexico and the United States
No. 13 1850 Clayton-Bulwer Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Great Britain
No. 14 1854 The Ostend Manifesto, by James Buchanan, J. Y. Mason and Pierre Soulé
No. 15 1860 Filibuster, by William Walker
No. 16 1866 Mexico Seeks Support Against a Foreign Aggressor, by Matías Romero
No. 17 1871 Santo Domingo Seeks Annexation by the United States, by Hamilton Fish
No. 18 1888 A U.S. Official Interprets Latin America, by William Eleroy Curtis
No. 19 1889 The First Inter-American Conference, by James G. Blaine
II. The Colossus of the North
No. 20 1890 The Lessons of History, by Alfred Thayer Mahan
No. 21 1892 The Baltimore Affair, by President Benjamin Harrison
No. 22 1894 The Character of the United States, by José Martí
No. 23 1895 The Olney Memorandum, by Richard Olney
No. 24 1896 The Calvo Clause, by Carlos Calvo
No. 25 1898 The Decision to Act Against Spain, by William McKinley
No. 26 1898 The Teller Amendment, by the Congress of the United States
No. 27 1898 Anti-Imperialism in the United States, by Andrew Carnegie
No. 28 1898 Treaty of Paris, by the Governments of the United States and Spain
No. 29 1900 Ariel, by José Enrique Rodó
No. 30 1901 Platt Amendment, by the Congress of the United States
No. 31 1902 The Drago Doctrine, by Luis M. Drago
No. 32 1903 Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Panama
No. 33 1903 "I Took Final Action in 1903," by Theodore Roosevelt
No. 34 1904 "To Roosevelt," by Rubén Darío
No. 35 1904 Banana Republics, by O. Henry
No. 36 1904 The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, by Theodore Roosevelt
No. 37 1912 Managing Nicaragua, by Adolfo Díaz and Philander C. Knox
No. 38 1913 The Pact of the Embassy, by Henry Lane Wilson
No. 39 1913 The Mobile Speech, by President Woodrow Wilson
No. 40 1914 The Bryan-Chamorro Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Nicaragua
No. 41 1916 The State Department and Public Opinion, by Robert Lansing
No. 42 1916 Dollar Diplomacy and Social Darwinism, by F. M. Huntington Wilson
No. 43 1917 The Zimmermann Telegram, by Alfred Zimmermann
No. 44 1917 The Jones Act, by the Congress of the United States
No. 45 1922 An Argentine Denunciation of Imperialism, by José Ingenieros
No. 46 1923 The Bucareli Accords, by the Governments of Mexico and the United States
No. 47 1926 A Latin American Doctrine of Anti-Imperialism, by Victor Haya de la Torre
No. 48 1928 A Defense of Intervention, by Charles E. Hughes
No. 49 1928 With Sandino in Nicaragua, by Carleton Beals
No. 50 1928 The Clark Memorandum, by J. Reuben Clark
III. Burying the Big Stick
No. 51 1933 The Good Neighbor Policy, by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
No. 52 1933 Mission to Havana, by Sumner Welles
No. 53 1933 The United States Accepts the Non-Intervention Principle, by the Delegates to the Seventh International Conference of American States
No. 54 1936 Hemispheric Security and Non-Intervention, by the Delegates to the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace
No. 55 1938 Just Compensation for the Good Neighbor, by Cordell Hull
No. 56 1938 Populist Diplomacy in Mexico, by Josephus Daniels
No. 57 1938 A Skeptic Views the Good Neighbor Policy, by Carleton Beals
No. 58 1940 Marketing Pan Americanism, by the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs
No. 59 1941/1943 "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat," by Carmen Miranda, Leo Robin, and Harry Warren
No. 60 1942 Confronting the Fascist Threat, by the Delegates to the Third Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American Republics
No. 61 1942 The Bracero Program, by the Governments of Mexico and the United States
No. 62 1943 A Historian Defends U.S. Policy by Samuel Flagg Bemis
No. 63 1944 "Rum and Coca-Cola," by Lionel Belasco and Others
No. 64 1945 The Act of Chapultepec, by the Delegates to the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace
No. 65 1946 The Blue Book on Argentina (Braden Report), by Spruille Braden and the U.S. State Department
No. 66 1946 Chilean Labor and U.S. Capital, by the U.S. Department of State
IV. The Cold War
No. 67 1947/1954. A Charter for Covert Action?, by the Congress of the United States and the Doolittle Committee
No. 68 1947 The Rio Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Latin America
No. 69 1948 The Charter of the Organization of American States, by the Delegates to the Ninth International Conference of American States
No. 70 1948 The Menace of Communism, by the Delegates to the Ninth International Conference of American States
No. 71 1950 A Realist Views Latin America, by George F. Kennan
No. 72 1950 A New Economic Model For Latin America, by Raúl Prebisch
No. 73 1954 Terminating a Revolution in Guatemala--A View from Washington, by John C. Dreier
No. 74 1954 Terminating a Revolution in Guatemala--A View from Guatemala, by Luis Cardoza y Aragón
No. 75 1955 On the Road to Mexico, by Jack Kerouac
No. 76 1956 Taming a Revolution in Bolivia, by George Jackson Eder
No. 77 1957 With Castro in the Sierra Maestra, by Herbert L. Matthews
No. 78 1958 Operation Pan America, by Juscelino Kubitschek
No. 79 1959 Mexico and the Cuban Revolution, by Lázaro Cárdenas
No. 80 1960 The Act of Bogotá, by the Committee of 21
No. 81 1960 Debating Cuba and Castro, by Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy
No. 82 1960 Listen, Yankee, by C. Wright Mills
No. 83 1961 The Alliance for Progress, by John F. Kennedy
No. 84 1961 Lessons of the Bay of Pigs, by John F. Kennedy
No. 85 1961 The Charter of Punta del Este, by the Delegates to the Special Meeting of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council
No. 86 1961 The Shark and the Sardines, by Juan José Arévalo
No. 87 1962 The Second Declaration of Havana, by Fidel Castro
No. 88 1962 The Hickenlooper Amendment, by the Congress of the United States
No. 89 1962 The Principles of Economic Development--According to Washington, by Thomas C. Mann
No. 90 1963 The Wine is Bitter, by Milton Eisenhower
No. 91 1964 The United States and the Brazilian coup, by Vernon A. Walters
No. 92 1965 Intervention in the Dominican Republic, by J. William Fulbright
No. 93 1966 Two, Three, Many Vietnams, by Ernesto "Che" Guevara
No. 94 1967 Tlatelolco Treaty, by the Governments of Latin America
No. 95 1967 The Lost Alliance, by Eduardo Frei Montalva
No. 96 1967 Transferring the Tools of Counterinsurgency, by Albert H. Smith Jr.
No. 97 1967 Songs of Protest from Latin America, by the First Protest Song Conference
No. 98 1968 Massacre in Mexico, by the U.S. Department of State
No. 99 1969 The Rockefeller Report, by Nelson A. Rockefeller
No. 100 1969 The Principles of Economic Development--According to the Dependentistas, by Fernando H. Cardoso and Enzo Faletto
No. 101 1969 Playa Girón, by Silvio Rodríguez
No. 102 1972 The Culture of Imperialism, by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart
No. 103 1975 The Church Committee Report on CIA Covert Action, by the U. S. Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations
No. 104 1975/1978 Human Rights and Foreign Aid, by the Congress of the United States
No. 105 1976 The United States and Human Rights in Chile, by Henry A. Kissinger and Augusto Pinochet
No. 106 1976 Soft Spots in the "Brazilian Model," by G. A. Costanzo
No. 107 1976 Operation Condor, by the United States Department of Defense
No. 108 1977 The Panama Canal Treaties, by the Governments of the United States and Panama
No. 109 1980 Saving the New World From Communism, by the Committee of Santa Fe
No. 110 1983 Promoting Democracy, by the Congress of the United States and the National Endowment for Democracy
No. 111 1984 Central America in Revolt: A Reagan Administration View, by the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America
No. 112 1984 The Fear of Communism in Central America, by Ronald Reagan
No. 113 1984 Teaching Sabotage, by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
No. 114 1985-1986 Advising Bolivia, by Jeffrey D. Sachs
No. 115 1986 The United States Condemned, by the International Court of Justice
No. 116 1986 The Pentagon Prepares for Prolonged War, by the U.S. Department of Defense
No. 117 1986 Solidarity, by Audrey Seniors
No. 118 1987 The Esquipulas II Accords, by the Governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
No. 119 1987 A School of the Americas "Study Manual," by the U.S. Department of Defense
No. 120 1988 "We Say No," by Eduardo Galeano
V. After the Cold War: Conflict in the Search for Common Ground
No. 121 1990 United States of America v. Manuel Antonio Noriega, by William M. Hoeveler, United States District Judge
No. 122 1992 The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, by the Delegates to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development
No. 123 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement, by the Governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico
No. 124 1994 Insurgency After the Cold War, by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
No. 125 1994 Proposition 187, by the Voters of California
No. 126 1994 The Summit of the Americas, by the Heads of State of 34 American Nations
No. 127 1994 Military Intervention in Haiti, by Colin L. Powell
No. 128 1996 The Helms-Burton Act, by The Government of the United States
No. 129 1996 Sweat-Shop Labor, by the Organización Regional Interamericana de Trabajadores
No. 130 1998-2002 Amending the Cuban Revolution: The Varela Project, by Oswaldo Payá Sardińas, et al.
No. 131 1999 Truth and Reconciliation in Guatemala, by the Commission for Historical Clarification
No. 132 1999 The Drug War: "Plan Colombia," by the Governments of Colombia and the United States
No. 133 2001 The Inter-American Democratic Charter, by the Organization of American States
No. 134 2002 U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, by the Government of Cuba
No. 135 2006 Unauthorized Immigration to the United States, The Governments of Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Colombia
No. 136 2006 "We Indigenous Peoples," by Juan Evo Morales Ayma
No. 137 2006 "The Devil Came Here Yesterday," by Hugo Chávez Frías
No. 138 2008 The Declaration of Salvador, by the First Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development

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Amazing book April 18, 2011
This textbook really has two main subjects. First is a historical report on American intervention in Latin America. It begins in the early days of the United States, but really concentrates on the last thirty years or so beginning during Reagan's time. The general history of the interventions in Latin America has not been a major field of study in the American history textbooks. A lot of what he says is quite eye opening. He reports that the results of our actions in Latin America are: instability, lack of prosperity and democracy and open rebellion against our influence. Yet there are still a lot of people in these areas that want to come to the United States. This is the smartest historical examination of neoconservative foreign policy adventurism that I have read.
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