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  • 1. What are your feelings of America becoming involved in other nations? If it will benefit us - should we do what we feel we need to in order to succeed?
  • 2. American Involvement in Latin America Should such actions have been allowed?
  • 3. Monroe Doctrine
    • European powers would no longer colonize or interfere with the affairs of the nations of the Americas.
    • Any colonization in the Americas would be viewed as a hostile act
  • 4. Monroe Doctrine - 3 Main Points
    • European countries cannot colonize in any of the Americas: North, Central, or South.
    • U.S. will only be involved in European affairs if America's rights are disturbed
    • the U.S. will consider any attempt at colonization a threat to its national security.
  • 5. Major Criticisms
    • 79 military actions in Latin America
    • Some see it as the U.S.’s own form of colonization
      • An example of hegemony
    • Some see it as America (the continent) for the United States.
      • Gave rise to revolutions and leaders opposing America’s involvement
  • 6. Roosevelt Corollary
    • right of the United States to intervene to stabilize the economic affairs of small nations in the Caribbean and Central America
    • Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick
    • Minnesota State Fair on September 2, 1901
  • 7. Good Neighbor Policy
    • FDR’s plan to avoid involvement in Latin America
      • “ In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor--the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others.”
    • Interventionism was becoming very unpopular
      • Too much emphasis on economics
      • Creating anti-American feelings
      • Too expensive
        • Does any of this sound familiar????
  • 8. Cold War Era
    • A return to conflict - threats of Communism
    • Cuba - Castro comes to power
      • U.S. launches the Bay of Pigs
    • Chile - U.S. involved in ousting Chilean president Salvador Allende
    • Iran-Contra Affair
  • 9. Controversial Leaders of Latin America
    • Fidel Casto
    • Salvador Allende
    • Hugo Chavez