Hispanic-American History: A Syllabus

Hispanic-American History: A Syllabus

Hispanic-American History: A Syllabus

Hispanic-American History: A Syllabus

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In the establishment of the independence of South America the United States have the deepest interest. I have no hesitation in asserting my firm belief that there is no question in the foreign policy of this country, which has ever arisen, or which I can conceive as ever occurring, in the decision of which we have had or can have so much at stake.--HENRY CLAY: The Emancipation of South America.

The position of Hispanic-American history in our scheme of education is no longer a question of serious debate. This history is today regarded as a standard course in the universities of the United States; it is with growing frequency obtaining a place in the curricula of our colleges; and there is evidence of a disposition to introduce such a course in the larger high schools. No special plea need now be made for its study, although this interest and activity of scholars, teachers, students, and people of the United States have developed only within recent years. Let it suffice, then, for me to record the conviction that this field of history may safely be compared as to importance, interest, and cultural value with those longer established.

Although Hispanic America is relatively less well known than certain European states, few will question its significance to the people of the United States. Some years ago James Bryce ventured the prophecy that the part that the Hispanic-American republics are to play "must henceforth be one of growing significance for the Old World as well as for the New." Elihu Root, after his official visit to South America, said, in 1906, "I believe that no student can help seeing that the twentieth century will be the century of phenomenal development in South America." Both predictions are regarded as conservative and certain of fulfilment. In . . .

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