Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

Degree Program

Political Science, MA

Committee Chair

Read, James Morgan


Pan-Americanism; Diplomatic relations; Latin America--Foreign relations--United States; United States--Foreign relations--Latin America; Latin America; United States


On the first day of his first administration, President Franklin Roosevelt announced: In the field of world policy, I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the Good Neighbor -- the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others -- the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors. Although Roosevelt's verbal touch was needed to give this foreign policy a name, definite changes in the Latin American policy of the United States had already appeared during the preceding Hoover administration. Indeed, Calvin Coolidge was probably defining his own peculiar version of the Good Neighbor policy when he asserted at the Sixth International Conference of the American states at Havana, in 1928, that "it is better for the people to make their own mistakes than to have someone else make their mistakes for them."