A Latin American Speaks

A Latin American Speaks

A Latin American Speaks

A Latin American Speaks

Excerpt

This is not a book written by one American on the other America.It is a book on America, by an American.

Heretofore, the problems of the Western Hemisphere have been examined from the limited angle of North, Central, or South.These distinctions—however useful in the past— are now obsolete. The America of today must be viewed as a unit.

Columbus discovered America in 1492. Americans waited until 1942. Many factors account for the delay.But, paradoxically, it took the crimes and blunders of a Hitler to hasten America's discovery of America.Little wonder that a Latin American diplomat humorously proposed the erection of the Führer's statue, in full military regalia—with swastika, mustaches, and all—in the patio of the Pan American Union, amidst the languid palms and screaming parrots.

If it is true that a common threat awakened us to the existence of America, it is also true that only a common belief in the goodness of a certain way of life, which we call democratic, holds us together.Threat begets fear; and fear alone creates a negative attitude. It merely compels one to stand against something. On the other hand, faith in democracy— America's lasting bond—is a positive force.It impels us to go forward. Where? That is precisely what the following chapters endeavor to answer.

The book is divided into three parts: the first deals with national conditions, the second with inter-American relations, and the third with America's international role.

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