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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an extraordinarily good documentary reader. It enriches the study of US relations with Latin America by including the otherwise silenced voices of Latin Americans, whose frequently conflicting agendas routinely have produced negotiations that limited US objectives in significant ways, without really threatening its hemispheric hegemony."
- Keith Haynes, College of Saint Rose, will adopt.

"This is an excellent work; the text is highly valuable for history courses. The main strengths are the accessibility of the readings, the diversity of the readings (especially in the latter two sections), and the relevance of the readings (esp. in latter two sections)EL The documents also reflect Latin American viewpoints of the US, not just US views of Latin America. The text also goes beyond the standard emphasis on diplomatic historyEL So much has changed politically, socially and economically in US/Latin American relations since the last edition, that updates are definitely needed. The premise of the book (providing students with access to English-language primary documents), however, remains needed and relevant, making this sort of text worthwhile." - Jaymie Heilman, Dalhousie University, may adopt.

"Far and away, this is the most comprehensive documentary reader on the history of U.S.-Latin American relations. Teaching that course this past summer, I assigned a large majority of the documents in this collection, and for the Cold War & post-Cold War period of the class, where my main textbook (see above) proved inadequate, the documents provided the bulk of our reading from that point onwardsEL This remains the definitive primary source reader on U.S.-Latin American relations." - Ian Lekus, Tufts University, will adopt.

"This remains the definitive primary source reader on U.S.-Latin American relations. I think it's the best collection of documents on the market today: comprehensive, well contextualized, and containing both U.S. and Latin American voices. Its strengths are the broad coverage it offers of political, economic, military, and cultural developments; its wealth of Latin American documents; its particular attention to cultural sources such as songs and poetry; the short length of its selections; and its presentations of documents, which are short enough but give enough context." - Alan McPherson, Howard University, likely to adopt.

"This text is fairly unique in terms of the books I have examined for this course... I think a new edition would be extremely useful because this texts demonstrate that there are many important, yet scattered, sources to aid students in gaining a greater understanding of how people were thinking at the time of the events. Most of the documents are revealing and compelling and very useful for teaching and/or as a starting point for student research." - Charles Beatty Medina, University of Toledo, likely to adopt.

"The Holden & Zolov documentary history offers a comprehensive chronological listing of the major documents, statements, and both US & LA perspectives, presented in brief edited form and with a short introduction to each that puts the item into its specific historical context. There is appropriate material for both history and IR/political science courses for selection by individual instructors." - David Scott Palmer, Boston University, will adopt.

"Its strength is the breadth of selections; I like an interdisciplinary approach, and the wide variety of sources included here allows this. The arrangement of selections into historical periods also mirrors my own organization of the historical part of the class, so reading assignments flow very well with the advancement of the classEL Suitable price and well-chosen material, the brief introductions provide excellent context for each selection." - Dwight Wilson, University of Georgia, will adopt.

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195385687
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/14/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 325,302
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition


No.1 1802-3 The Louisiana Crisis Thomas Jefferson Jefferson, Thomas 3

No.2 1811 The No Transfer Doctrine The Congress of the United States 6

No.3 1823 Cuba: "An Apple Severed by the Tempest From Its Native Tree" John Quincy Adams Adams, John Quincy 9

No.4 1823 The Monroe Doctrine James Monroe Monroe, James 13

No.5 1824 The Congress of Panama Simon Bolivar Bolivar, Simon 16

No.6 1829 The United States: "Destined to Plague America with Torments" Simon Bolivar Bolivar, Simon 19

No.7 1845 U.S. Participation in the Brazilian Slave Trade Henry A. Wise Wise, Henry A. 21

No.8 1845 Texas, Mexico and Manifest Destiny James K. Polk Polk, James K. 23

No.9 1846 President Polk's War Message to Congress James K. Polk Polk, James K. 26

No.10 1846 The Bidlack Treaty The Governments of New Granada and the United States 28

No.11 1847 The United States: "An Inconceivable Extravaganza" Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Sarmiento, Domingo Faustino 30

No.12 1848 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo The Governments of Mexico and the United States 33

No.13 1850 The Clayton-Bulwer Treaty The Governments of the United States and Great Britain 36

No.14 1854 The Ostend Manifesto Pierre Soule Soule, Pierre 38

No.15 1860 Filibuster William Walker Walker, William 41

No.16 1866 Mexico Seeks Support Against a Foreign Aggressor Matias Romero Romero, Matias 44

No.17 1871 Santo Domingo Seeks Annexation by the United States Hamilton Fish Fish, Hamilton 47

No.18 1888 A U.S. Official Interprets Latin America William Eleroy Curtis Curtis, William Eleroy 49

No.19 1889 The First Inter-American Conference James G. Blaine Blaine, James G. 52


No.20 1890 The Lessons of History Alfred Thayer Mahan Mahan, Alfred Thayer 57

No.21 1892 The Baltimore Affair Benjamin Harrison Harrison, Benjamin 61

No.22 1894-1895 The Character of the United States Jose Marti Marti, Jose 63

No.23 1895 The Olney Memorandum Richard Olney Olney, Richard 66

No.24 1896 The Calvo Clause Carlos Calvo Calvo, Carlos 69

No.25 1898 The Decision to Act Against Spain William McKinley McKinley, William 71

No.26 1898 The Teller Amendment The Congress of the United States 73

No.27 1898 Anti-Imperialism in the United States Andrew Carnegie Carnegie, Andrew 75

No.28 1898 The Treaty of Paris The Governments of the United States and Spain 77

No.29 1900 "Ariel" Jose Enrique Rodo Rodo, Jose Enrique 79

No.30 1901 The Platt Amendment The Congress of the United States 82

No.31 1902 The Drago Doctrine Luis M. Drago Drago, Luis M. 84

No.32 1903 The Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty The Governments of the United States and Panama 86

No.33 1903 "I Took Final Action in 1903" Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt, Theodore 88

No.34 1904 "To Roosevelt" Ruben Dario Dario, Ruben 91

No.35 1904 Banana Republics O. Henry Henry, O. 93

No.36 1904 The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine Theodore Roosevelt Roosevelt, Theodore 96

No.37 1912 Managing Nicaragua Philander C. Knox Knox, Philander C. 98

No.38 1913 The Pact of the Embassy Henry Lane Wilson Wilson, Henry Lane 101

No.39 1913 The Mobile Speech Woodrow Wilson Wilson, Woodrow 104

No.40 1914 The Bryan-Chamorro Treaty The Governments of the United States and Nicaragua 107

No.41 1916 The State Department and Public Opinion Robert Lansing Lansing, Robert 109

No.42 1916 Dollar Diplomacy and Social Darwinism F. M. Huntington Wilson Wilson, F. M. Huntington 111

No.43 1917 The Zimmermann Telegram Alfred Zimmermann Zimmermann, Alfred 113

No.44 1917 The Jones Act The Congress of the United States 115

No.45 1922 An Argentine Denunciation of Pan-Americanism Jose Ingenieros Ingenieros, Jose 116

No.46 1923 The Bucareli Accords The Governments of Mexico and the United States 119

No.47 1926 A Latin American Doctrine of Anti-Imperialism Victor Haya de la Torre Torre, Victor Haya de la 122

No.48 1928 A Defense of Intervention Charles E. Hughes Hughes, Charles E. 124

No.49 1928 With Sandino in Nicaragua Carleton Beals Beals, Carleton 126

No.50 1928 The Clark Memorandum J. Reuben Clark Clark, J. Reuben 129


No.51 1933 The Good Neighbor Policy Franklin Delano Roosevelt Roosevelt, Franklin Delano 133

No.52 1933 Mission to Havana Sumner Welles Welles, Sumner 135

No.53 1933 The United States Accepts the Non-Intervention Principle The Delegates to the Seventh International Conference of American States 138

No.54 1936 Hemispheric Security and Non-Intervention The Delegates to the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace 140

No.55 1938 Just Compensation for the Good Neighbor Cordell Hull Hull, Cordell 142

No.56 1938 Populist Diplomacy in Mexico Josephus Daniels Daniels, Josephus 144

No.57 1938 A Skeptic Views the Good Neighbor Policy Carleton Beals Beals, Carleton 147

No.58 1940 Marketing Pan-Americanism The U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs 150

No.59 1941-1943 "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" Harry Warren Warren, Harry 153

No.60 1942 Confronting the Fascist Threat The Delegates to the Third Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American Republics 155

No.61 1942 The Bracero Program The Governments of Mexico and the United States 158

No.62 1943 A Historian Defends U.S. Policy Samuel Flagg Bemis Bemis, Samuel Flagg 160

No.63 1944 "Rum and Coca-Cola" Lionel Belasco Belasco, Lionel 163

No.64 1945 The Act of Chapultepec The Delegates to the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace 166

No.65 1946 The Blue Book on Argentina (Braden Report) Spruille Braden and the U.S. State Department 168

No.66 1946 Chilean Labor and U.S. Capital U.S. Department of State 171


No.67 1947 and 1954 A Charter for Covert Action? The Congress of the United States and the Doolittle Committee 177

No.68 1947 The Rio Treaty The Governments of the United States and Latin America 179

No.69 1948 The Charter of the Organization of American States The Delegates to the Ninth International Conference of American States 181

No.70 1948 The Menace of Communism The Delegates to the Ninth International Conference of American States 184

No.71 1950 A Realist Views Latin America George F. Kennan Kennan, George F. 186

No.72 1950 A New Economic Model for Latin America Raul Prebisch Prebisch, Raul 189

No.73 1954 Terminating a Revolution in Guatemala---A View from Washington John C. Dreier Dreier, John C. 192

No.74 1954 Terminating a Revolution in Guatemala---A View From Guatemala Luis Cardoza y Aragon Cardoza y Aragon, Luis 194

No.75 1956 Taming a Revolution in Bolivia George Jackson Eder Eder, George Jackson 197

No.76 1957 On the Road to Mexico Jack Kerouac Kerouac, Jack 200

No.77 1957 With Castro in the Sierra Maestra Herbert L. Matthews Matthews, Herbert L. 202

No.78 1958 Operation Pan America Juscelino Kubitschek Kubitschek, Juscelino 205

No.79 1959 Mexico and the Cuban Revolution Lazaro Cardenas Cardenas, Lazaro 207

No.80 1960 The Act of Bogota The Committee of 21 211

No.81 1960 Debating Cuba and Castro John F. Kennedy Kennedy, John F. 215

No.82 1960 Listen, Yankee C. Wright Mills Mills, C. Wright 218

No.83 1961 The Alliance for Progress John F. Kennedy Kennedy, John F. 221

No.84 1961 Lessons of the Bay of Pigs John F. Kennedy Kennedy, John F. 224

No.85 1961 The Charter of Punta del Este The Delegates to the Special Meeting of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council 227

No.86 1961 The Shark and the Sardines Juan Jose Arevalo Arevalo, Juan Jose 230

No.87 1962 The Second Declaration of Havana Fidel Castro Castro, Fidel 233

No.88 1962 The Hickenlooper Amendment The Congress of the United States 237

No.89 1962 The Principles of Economic Development---According to Washington Thomas C. Mann Mann, Thomas C. 238

No.90 1963 The Wine is Bitter Milton Eisenhower Eisenhower, Milton 241

No.91 1964 The United States and the Brazilian coup Vernon A. Walters Walters, Vernon A. 243

No.92 1965 Intervention in the Dominican Republic J. William Fulbright Fulbright, J. William 248

No.93 1966 Two, Three, many Vietnams Ernesto "Che" Guevara Guevara, Ernesto "Che" 251

No.94 1967 The Tlatelolco Treaty The Governments of Latin America 253

No.95 1967 The Lost Alliance Eduardo Frei Montalva Montalva, Eduardo Frei 256

No.96 1967 Transferring the Tools of Counterinsurgency Albert H. Smith Smith, Albert H. 259

No.97 1967 Songs of Protest from Latin America The First Protest Song Conference 261

No.98 1968 Massacre in Mexico U.S. Department of State 263

No.99 1969 The Rockefeller Report Nelson A. Rockefeller Rockefeller, Nelson A. 265

No.100 1969 The Principles of Economic Development---According to the Dependentistas Enzo Faletto Faletto, Enzo 268

No.101 1969 Playa Giron Silvio Rodriguez Rodriguez, Silvio 271

No.102 1972 The Culture of Imperialism Armand Mattelart Mattelart, Armand 273

No.103 1975 The Church Committee Report on CIA Covert Action U.S. Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations 277

No.104 1975 and 1978 Human Rights and Foreign Aid The Congress of the United States 281

No.105 1976 The United States and Human Rights in Chile Augusto Pinochet Pinochet, Augusto 284

No.106 1976 Soft Spots in the "Brazilian Model" G.A. Costanzo Costanzo, G. A. 288

No.107 1976 Operation Condor United States Department of Defense 292

No.108 1977 The Panama Canal Treaties The Governments of the United States and Panama 294

No.109 1980 Saving the New World From Communism The Committee of Santa Fe 296

No.110 1983 Promoting Democracy The Congress of the United States and the National Endowment for Democracy 299

No.111 1984 Central America in Revolt: A Reagan Administration View The National Bipartisan Commission on Central America 302

No.112 1984 The Fear of Communism in Central America Ronald Reagan Reagan, Ronald 304

No.113 1984 Teaching Sabotage The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency 307

No.114 1985-1986 Advising Bolivia Jeffrey D. Sachs Sachs, Jeffrey D. 310

No.115 1986 The United States Condemned The International Court of Justice 315

No.116 1986 The Pentagon Prepares for Prolonged War The U.S. Department of Defense 318

No.117 1986 Solidarity Audrey Seniors Seniors, Audrey 321

No.118 1987 The Esquipulas II Accords The Governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua 324

No.119 1987 A School of the Americas "Study Manual" The U.S. Department of Defense 327

No.120 1988 "We Say No" Eduardo Galeano Galeano, Eduardo 330


No.121 1990 United States of America V. Manuel Antonio Noriega William M. Hoeveler Hoeveler, William M. 335

No.122 1992 The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development The Delegates to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development 338

No.123 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement The Governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico 342

No.124 1994 Insurgency After the Cold War The Zapatista Army of National Liberation 345

No.125 1994 Proposition The Voters of California 348

No.126 1994 The Summit of the Americas The Heads of State of Thirty-Four American Nations 351

No.127 1994 Military Intervention in Haiti Colin L. Powell Powell, Colin L. 354

No.128 1996 The Helms-Burton Act The Government of the United States 358

No.129 1996 Sweat-Shop Labor The Organizacion Regional Interamericana de Trabajadores 363

No.130 1998-2002 Amending the Cuban Revolution: The Varela Project Oswaldo Paya Sardinas Sardinas, Oswaldo Paya 367

No.131 1999 Truth and Reconciliation in Guatemala The Commission for Historical Clarification 372

No.132 1999 The Drug War: "Plan Colombia" The Governments of Colombia and the United States 378

No.133 2001 The Inter-American Democratic Charter The Organization of American States 382

No.134 2002 U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay The Government of Cuba 387

No.135 2006 Unauthorized Immigration to the United States The Governments of Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Colombia 390

No.136 2006 "We Indigenous Peoples" Juan Evo Morales Ayma Ayma, Juan Evo Morales 393

No.137 2006 "The Devil Came Here Yesterday" Hugo Chavez Frias Frias, Hugo Chavez 397

No.138 2008 The Declaration of Salvador First Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development 400

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