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Latin America and the United States

A Documentary History

Second Edition

Robert Holden and Eric Zolov

Publication Date - July 2010

ISBN: 9780195385687

440 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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A thoughtfully conceived, up-to-date collection of the most important documents on the history of U.S.-Latin American relations.


Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History brings together the most important documents on the history of the relationship between the United States and Latin America from the nineteenth century to the present. In addition to standard diplomatic sources, the book includes documents touching on the transnational concerns that are increasingly taught in the classroom, including economic relations, environmental matters, immigration, human rights, and culture. The collection illuminates key issues while representing a variety of interests and views as they have both persisted and shifted over time, including often-overlooked Latin American perspectives and U.S. public opinion.

Now fully revised in its second edition, Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History features updated selections on current trends, including key new documents on immigration, regional integration, indigenous political movements, democratization, and economic policy. The second edition adds twenty-one documents and revises ten existing texts to ensure maximum clarity. The first edition's careful consideration of the Latin American perspective on hemispheric relations has been strengthened in the second edition, with many selections translated from the original Spanish by the editors. Comprehensive introductions to each document provide the reader with essential information about its historical context and significance. The book's detailed index identifies and cross-references the themes, events, problems, personalities, and nations discussed in both the documents and their introductions. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history and U.S.-Latin America relations, this book also serves as a unique reference tool for foreign policy professionals, international law specialists, journalists, and scholars in a variety of disciplines.

About the Author(s)

Robert H. Holden is Professor of History at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Armies without Nations (OUP, 2004) and Mexico and the Survey of Public Lands (1994).

Eric Zolov is Associate Professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College. He is the author of Refried Elvis: The Rise of the Mexican Counterculture (1999) and coeditor of Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940 (2001) and Rockin' Las Américas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin/o America (2004).

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2000


"This is a superb collection of material covering nearly 200 years, with succinct introductions that put each document in context. It is especially excellent on the past century as Latin American as well as U.S. views and policies are given attention, and cultural figures such as Jack Kerouac, Ariel Dorfman, and C. Wright Mills have their say along with such obvious (and different) suspects as Theodore Roosevelt, Nelson Rockefeller, and Ronald Reagan."--Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

"Latin America and the United States is a thoughtfully conceived and up-to-date collection that offers documentary insight on political, economic, cultural, and social dimensions of inter-American relations. Particularly welcome is the inclusion of Latin American viewpoints. This volume will be an extremely valuable teaching tool for courses on Latin America, U.S. diplomatic history, U.S. foreign policy, and U.S.-Latin American relations."--Peter H. Smith, University of California, San Diego

Table of Contents

    I. Transitions of Empire
    No. 1 1802-03 The Louisiana Crisis, by President Thomas Jefferson
    No. 2 1811 No Transfer Doctrine, by the Congress of the United States
    No. 3 1823 Cuba: "An Apple Severed By the Tempest From Its Native Tree," by John Quincy Adams
    No. 4 1823 The Monroe Doctrine, by James Monroe
    No. 5 1824 The Congress of Panama, by Simón Bolívar
    No. 6 1829 The United States: "Destined to Plague America with Torments," by Simón Bolívar
    No. 7 1845 U.S. Participation in the Brazilian Slave Trade, by Henry A. Wise
    No. 8 1845 Texas, Mexico and Manifest Destiny, by James K. Polk
    No. 9 1846 President Polk's War Message to Congress, by James K. Polk
    No. 10 1846 Bidlack Treaty, by the Governments of New Granada and the United States
    No. 11 1847 The United States: "An Inconceivable Extravaganza," by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
    No. 12 1848 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, by the Governments of Mexico and the United States
    No. 13 1850 Clayton-Bulwer Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Great Britain
    No. 14 1854 The Ostend Manifesto, by James Buchanan, J. Y. Mason and Pierre Soulé
    No. 15 1860 Filibuster, by William Walker
    No. 16 1866 Mexico Seeks Support Against a Foreign Aggressor, by Matías Romero
    No. 17 1871 Santo Domingo Seeks Annexation by the United States, by Hamilton Fish
    No. 18 1888 A U.S. Official Interprets Latin America, by William Eleroy Curtis
    No. 19 1889 The First Inter-American Conference, by James G. Blaine
    II. The Colossus of the North
    No. 20 1890 The Lessons of History, by Alfred Thayer Mahan
    No. 21 1892 The Baltimore Affair, by President Benjamin Harrison
    No. 22 1894 The Character of the United States, by José Martí
    No. 23 1895 The Olney Memorandum, by Richard Olney
    No. 24 1896 The Calvo Clause, by Carlos Calvo
    No. 25 1898 The Decision to Act Against Spain, by William McKinley
    No. 26 1898 The Teller Amendment, by the Congress of the United States
    No. 27 1898 Anti-Imperialism in the United States, by Andrew Carnegie
    No. 28 1898 Treaty of Paris, by the Governments of the United States and Spain
    No. 29 1900 Ariel, by José Enrique Rodó
    No. 30 1901 Platt Amendment, by the Congress of the United States
    No. 31 1902 The Drago Doctrine, by Luis M. Drago
    No. 32 1903 Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Panama
    No. 33 1903 "I Took Final Action in 1903," by Theodore Roosevelt
    No. 34 1904 "To Roosevelt," by Rubén Darío
    No. 35 1904 Banana Republics, by O. Henry
    No. 36 1904 The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, by Theodore Roosevelt
    No. 37 1912 Managing Nicaragua, by Adolfo Díaz and Philander C. Knox
    No. 38 1913 The Pact of the Embassy, by Henry Lane Wilson
    No. 39 1913 The Mobile Speech, by President Woodrow Wilson
    No. 40 1914 The Bryan-Chamorro Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Nicaragua
    No. 41 1916 The State Department and Public Opinion, by Robert Lansing
    No. 42 1916 Dollar Diplomacy and Social Darwinism, by F. M. Huntington Wilson
    No. 43 1917 The Zimmermann Telegram, by Alfred Zimmermann
    No. 44 1917 The Jones Act, by the Congress of the United States
    No. 45 1922 An Argentine Denunciation of Imperialism, by José Ingenieros
    No. 46 1923 The Bucareli Accords, by the Governments of Mexico and the United States
    No. 47 1926 A Latin American Doctrine of Anti-Imperialism, by Victor Haya de la Torre
    No. 48 1928 A Defense of Intervention, by Charles E. Hughes
    No. 49 1928 With Sandino in Nicaragua, by Carleton Beals
    No. 50 1928 The Clark Memorandum, by J. Reuben Clark
    III. Burying the Big Stick
    No. 51 1933 The Good Neighbor Policy, by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    No. 52 1933 Mission to Havana, by Sumner Welles
    No. 53 1933 The United States Accepts the Non-Intervention Principle, by the Delegates to the Seventh International Conference of American States
    No. 54 1936 Hemispheric Security and Non-Intervention, by the Delegates to the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace
    No. 55 1938 Just Compensation for the Good Neighbor, by Cordell Hull
    No. 56 1938 Populist Diplomacy in Mexico, by Josephus Daniels
    No. 57 1938 A Skeptic Views the Good Neighbor Policy, by Carleton Beals
    No. 58 1940 Marketing Pan Americanism, by the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs
    No. 59 1941/1943 "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat," by Carmen Miranda, Leo Robin, and Harry Warren
    No. 60 1942 Confronting the Fascist Threat, by the Delegates to the Third Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American Republics
    No. 61 1942 The Bracero Program, by the Governments of Mexico and the United States
    No. 62 1943 A Historian Defends U.S. Policy by Samuel Flagg Bemis
    No. 63 1944 "Rum and Coca-Cola," by Lionel Belasco and Others
    No. 64 1945 The Act of Chapultepec, by the Delegates to the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace
    No. 65 1946 The Blue Book on Argentina (Braden Report), by Spruille Braden and the U.S. State Department
    No. 66 1946 Chilean Labor and U.S. Capital, by the U.S. Department of State
    IV. The Cold War
    No. 67 1947/1954. A Charter for Covert Action?, by the Congress of the United States and the Doolittle Committee
    No. 68 1947 The Rio Treaty, by the Governments of the United States and Latin America
    No. 69 1948 The Charter of the Organization of American States, by the Delegates to the Ninth International Conference of American States
    No. 70 1948 The Menace of Communism, by the Delegates to the Ninth International Conference of American States
    No. 71 1950 A Realist Views Latin America, by George F. Kennan
    No. 72 1950 A New Economic Model For Latin America, by Raúl Prebisch
    No. 73 1954 Terminating a Revolution in Guatemala--A View from Washington, by John C. Dreier
    No. 74 1954 Terminating a Revolution in Guatemala--A View from Guatemala, by Luis Cardoza y Aragón
    No. 75 1955 On the Road to Mexico, by Jack Kerouac
    No. 76 1956 Taming a Revolution in Bolivia, by George Jackson Eder
    No. 77 1957 With Castro in the Sierra Maestra, by Herbert L. Matthews
    No. 78 1958 Operation Pan America, by Juscelino Kubitschek
    No. 79 1959 Mexico and the Cuban Revolution, by Lázaro Cárdenas
    No. 80 1960 The Act of Bogotá, by the Committee of 21
    No. 81 1960 Debating Cuba and Castro, by Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy
    No. 82 1960 Listen, Yankee, by C. Wright Mills
    No. 83 1961 The Alliance for Progress, by John F. Kennedy
    No. 84 1961 Lessons of the Bay of Pigs, by John F. Kennedy
    No. 85 1961 The Charter of Punta del Este, by the Delegates to the Special Meeting of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council
    No. 86 1961 The Shark and the Sardines, by Juan José Arévalo
    No. 87 1962 The Second Declaration of Havana, by Fidel Castro
    No. 88 1962 The Hickenlooper Amendment, by the Congress of the United States
    No. 89 1962 The Principles of Economic Development--According to Washington, by Thomas C. Mann
    No. 90 1963 The Wine is Bitter, by Milton Eisenhower
    No. 91 1964 The United States and the Brazilian coup, by Vernon A. Walters
    No. 92 1965 Intervention in the Dominican Republic, by J. William Fulbright
    No. 93 1966 Two, Three, Many Vietnams, by Ernesto "Che" Guevara
    No. 94 1967 Tlatelolco Treaty, by the Governments of Latin America
    No. 95 1967 The Lost Alliance, by Eduardo Frei Montalva
    No. 96 1967 Transferring the Tools of Counterinsurgency, by Albert H. Smith Jr.
    No. 97 1967 Songs of Protest from Latin America, by the First Protest Song Conference
    No. 98 1968 Massacre in Mexico, by the U.S. Department of State
    No. 99 1969 The Rockefeller Report, by Nelson A. Rockefeller
    No. 100 1969 The Principles of Economic Development--According to the Dependentistas, by Fernando H. Cardoso and Enzo Faletto
    No. 101 1969 Playa Girón, by Silvio Rodríguez
    No. 102 1972 The Culture of Imperialism, by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart
    No. 103 1975 The Church Committee Report on CIA Covert Action, by the U. S. Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations
    No. 104 1975/1978 Human Rights and Foreign Aid, by the Congress of the United States
    No. 105 1976 The United States and Human Rights in Chile, by Henry A. Kissinger and Augusto Pinochet
    No. 106 1976 Soft Spots in the "Brazilian Model," by G. A. Costanzo
    No. 107 1976 Operation Condor, by the United States Department of Defense
    No. 108 1977 The Panama Canal Treaties, by the Governments of the United States and Panama
    No. 109 1980 Saving the New World From Communism, by the Committee of Santa Fe
    No. 110 1983 Promoting Democracy, by the Congress of the United States and the National Endowment for Democracy
    No. 111 1984 Central America in Revolt: A Reagan Administration View, by the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America
    No. 112 1984 The Fear of Communism in Central America, by Ronald Reagan
    No. 113 1984 Teaching Sabotage, by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
    No. 114 1985-1986 Advising Bolivia, by Jeffrey D. Sachs
    No. 115 1986 The United States Condemned, by the International Court of Justice
    No. 116 1986 The Pentagon Prepares for Prolonged War, by the U.S. Department of Defense
    No. 117 1986 Solidarity, by Audrey Seniors
    No. 118 1987 The Esquipulas II Accords, by the Governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
    No. 119 1987 A School of the Americas "Study Manual," by the U.S. Department of Defense
    No. 120 1988 "We Say No," by Eduardo Galeano
    V. After the Cold War: Conflict in the Search for Common Ground
    No. 121 1990 United States of America v. Manuel Antonio Noriega, by William M. Hoeveler, United States District Judge
    No. 122 1992 The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, by the Delegates to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development
    No. 123 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement, by the Governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico
    No. 124 1994 Insurgency After the Cold War, by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
    No. 125 1994 Proposition 187, by the Voters of California
    No. 126 1994 The Summit of the Americas, by the Heads of State of 34 American Nations
    No. 127 1994 Military Intervention in Haiti, by Colin L. Powell
    No. 128 1996 The Helms-Burton Act, by The Government of the United States
    No. 129 1996 Sweat-Shop Labor, by the Organización Regional Interamericana de Trabajadores
    No. 130 1998-2002 Amending the Cuban Revolution: The Varela Project, by Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, et al.
    No. 131 1999 Truth and Reconciliation in Guatemala, by the Commission for Historical Clarification
    No. 132 1999 The Drug War: "Plan Colombia," by the Governments of Colombia and the United States
    No. 133 2001 The Inter-American Democratic Charter, by the Organization of American States
    No. 134 2002 U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, by the Government of Cuba
    No. 135 2006 Unauthorized Immigration to the United States, The Governments of Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Colombia
    No. 136 2006 "We Indigenous Peoples," by Juan Evo Morales Ayma
    No. 137 2006 "The Devil Came Here Yesterday," by Hugo Chávez Frías
    No. 138 2008 The Declaration of Salvador, by the First Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development

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