Pan-Americanism: Its Beginnings

Pan-Americanism: Its Beginnings

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Pan-Americanism: Its Beginnings

Pan-Americanism: Its Beginnings

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The history of Pan-Americanism falls roughly into three periods. The first, embracing the years of revolution and of the formation of new states, extends to about 1830; the second covers the succeeding three or four decades to the close of the Civil War; and the third extends from the Civil War to the present time. Of these periods the first is characterized by a strong tendency toward continental solidarity, the second by the opposite tendency toward particularism and distrust, and the third by the revival of the earlier tendency toward fraternal coöperation. The present study is devoted to the early period, the period of beginnings. It was undertaken and carried to completion as an academic task at Columbia University, under the direction and counsel of Professor John Bassett Moore, to whom the writer acknowledges a deep debt of gratitude. He is also under great obligations to Dr. Angel César Rivas, who, during the course of the preparation of the book and while it was in proof, made helpful suggestions and invaluable criticisms; to Miss S. Elizabeth Davis, who read the proof; and to Señor D. Manuel Segundo Sánchez for various favors received. Finally, he takes this method of expressing his thanks to the Hispanic Society of America for the use of its valuable collection of old newspapers, and to the New York Public Library, whose great assemblage of books and pamphlets relating to Spanish and Portuguese America, constituted the main body of his source material.

J. B. L George Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee. April, 1920.

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