Latin America

Latin America

Latin America

Latin America

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The "Good Neighbor" policy inaugurated by President Hoover and emphasized by President Roosevelt has already borne excellent fruit in the development of a deeper spirit of friendliness and good will between the people of the United States and the people of the countries south of the Rio Grande than has existed for many years. Until, however, the peoples of the two regions have a better understanding of each other and of their respective civilizations and cultures, that spirit will not have a firm foundation. This booklet is published in the hope that it may provide for Americans the information essential to a better understanding of the peoples to the south of us.

That information is now the possession of but few in the United States. We lump together all the nations of the immense area south of the Rio Grande under the particular term "Latin America" and thereby diffuse a very erroneous conception. For among these nations there are great differences--differences in geography, in history, in economic resources and in culture. Moreover, there does not exist such a thing as a Latin American attitude toward the rest of the world; the countries to the south of us do not form a unity even in their view of the "Colossus of the North" which is the matter upon which they are most nearly united. The centrifugal and divisive influences within Latin America must, therefore, remain the mental reservation behind any such convenient label, since, with the term in constant use, it . . .

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