Are We Good Neighbors?

Are We Good Neighbors?

Are We Good Neighbors?

Are We Good Neighbors?

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This is a book about the two Americas--the United States and Latin America--and their interaction upon each other during the past three decades. What were the reactions of the Latin Americans to the Good Neighbor Policy of the United States and to World War II? How have they been affected by the cold war between the United States and Soviet Russia? How solid are the relations of the United States with the Latin American nations today? In a future hot war can the United States count upon the support of the peoples to the south?

These are some of the questions that this book seeks to answer. It presents the record of inter-American relationships since 1930 and deals with those relationships as a background to present problems. It is intended to contribute to a better understanding between the two Americas. It therefore offers suggestions as to what can be done to create among all the nations of the Western Hemisphere a durable conviction of a common Pan-American destiny.

The United States and the twenty Latin American nations together comprise almost one-fifth of the land mass of the world and more than one-seventh of its population. The area south of the United States must be considered as many separate geographical and population entities. Generalizations that treat Latin America as a unit, therefore, must be made with caution. The same must be said for generalizations that treat of this area only in terms of the ruling classes. For Latin America is people--about 175 million of them-- and not just twenty governments.

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