Modernizing the Monroe Doctrine

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CHAPTER V
THE SOUTH AMERICAN POINT OF VIEW: IS IT WORTH CONSIDERING?

IN this hemisphere the twentieth century will sooner or later come to be known as that of the Southerner. Already clear evidence is being shown of the steady, strong tendency which must, unless diverted or dissipated by some historical cataclysm, write this title across the century upon which we have entered. And any man concerned in public affairs who does not take into account the viewpoint of the Southerner has no claim to statesmanship, and does not deserve the confidence of his fellows. Nor is this true in our hemisphere alone, but also across the Atlantic as well, for who can fail to have observed the awakening of the Latin races of Europe? Was not the splendid new national spirit of France a significant proof of this movement? And what of the stream of money continually sent home to Italy by her industrious and economical toilets in the harvests and on the railways of both North and South America -- toilets who generally return to their native land and add not only to its public wealth, but also to its worthy citizenship? More marvellous still are the amazing annual increases to be noted in the

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