Portugal's Stand in Africa

Portugal's Stand in Africa

Portugal's Stand in Africa

Portugal's Stand in Africa

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The events of the last few years have produced a wedge which is threatening the long-standing friendship of the Portuguese and American people. There is some misunderstanding in America where Portugal is concerned. This, in turn, has given rise to a certain amount of anti-Americanism in Portugal. If such mutual misunderstanding is allowed to increase it will be a great loss for both nations, as well as for others. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that it would be beneficial if I could help the American people to know my people better, particularly because I am convinced that the national pioneer spirit of Americans and their traditional admiration for courage will assist them in understanding a people such as mine.

My contacts with the American people and my acquaintance with their literature, especially with respect to the current political and sociological scene, have made apparent to me one of the most salient traits of America's basic personality as a nation: the permanent desire to reconcile one's proclaimed ideals with one's actions in the world. But it has become equally apparent to me that the American people themselves are sometimes led to erroneous conclusions because their organs of information are often not in a position to examine all the facts in each case and . . .

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