Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy

Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy

Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy

Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy

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In this volume I have endeavored to survey the essential features of the Latin American policy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration. In choosing a topical approach for the chapters covering principally the pre-war period, I was aware of its limitations. It is necessarily somewhat arbitrary. It entails a degree of repetition: certain events such as inter- American conferences obviously must be considered under several topics. In studying this period, however, it seemed to me that the vast majority of policy statements by responsible officials and actions taken by the United States Government fell into five major categories which eventually became the first five chapters of this book. Consequently, I believe that, despite the limitations of a topical study, it would present the Good Neighbor Policy, at least during the earlier years, in its clearest and most concise form.

From the period starting with the Nazi invasion of Poland in September, 1939, until President Roosevelt's death in 1945, the chapters are organized chronologically. Although this change in method violates the principle of consistency, I believed that treating the development of events chronologically would emphasize the tremendous influence of World War II on the Latin American policy of this nation and thereby present a more accurate picture of the Good Neighbor Policy from 1933 to 1945.

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