History 308
The United States and the Western Hemisphere
Fall 2006
KC Johnson

Inter-American relations from the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) until the present day.

     Books are
available for purchase at Shakespeare Bookstore.
     Documents and maps are all accessible through the class website.
     Journal articles will be supplied electronically.


  • Exams (midterm on October 23, final TBA): 45%
  • Group Presentation (with paper on presentation topic): 30% (Description below)
  • Quizzes (six, based on reading, with the lowest grade dropped): 15%
  • Participation: 10%


August 30: Introduction

September 4: No classes--Labor Day

September 6: The Utrecht System

September 11: The Revolutionary Era

September 13: No class--change of schedule

September 18: Continental Expansionism

September 20: The International Scramble for the Caribbean

  • Luis Martinez-Fernandez, "Caudillos, Annexationism, and the Rivalry between Empires in the Dominican Republic, 1844-1874," Diplomatic History, Vol. 17,  pp.571-597.
    Clayton-Bulwer Treaty, 1850
    Senator John Hale (Free Soil-New Hampshire) criticizes US interventionism in Mexico, 1853
    Ostend Manifesto, 1854

September 25: Buchanan, Lincoln, and the Era of Extremes

September 27: The Battle over Expansionism

October 3: Progressivism and Hemispheric Affairs

October 4: Wilsonianism

October 9: No classes--Columbus Day

October 11: Reordering Empire

October 16: Crossroads of Empire

October 18: The Depression and Hemispheric Affairs

October 23: Midterm

October 25:

October 30:  World War II Comes to the Western Hemisphere

November 1: The Cold War Order

  • Piero Gleijeses, "The Agrarian Reform of Jacobo Arbenz," Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Oct. 1989), pp. 453-480.
    Rio Conference, 1947
    The CIA defines assassination, 1953
    Caracas declaration, 1954

November 6: The United States and Castro

  • Piero Gleijeses, "Ships in the Night: The CIA, the White House and the Bay of Pigs," Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Feb. 1995), pp. 1-42.
    Stephen Rabe, "The Caribbean Triangle: Betancourt, Castro, and Trujillo and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1958-1963," Diplomatic History, Vol. 20, pp. 55-78.

November 8: LBJ and the Western Hemisphere

  • Alan McPherson, "Courts of World Opinion: Trying the Panama Flag Riots of 1964," Diplomatic History, Vol. 28, pp. 83-112.

November 13: No Reading

November 15: Dealing with Dictators

November 20:  Human Rights Diplomacy and Inter-American Relations

  • David Schmitz and Vanessa Walker, "Jimmy Carter and the Foreign Policy of Human Rights: The Development of a Post-Cold War Foreign Policy," Diplomatic History, Vol. 28, pp. 113-143.

November 22: No classes--Thanksgiving Break

November 27: Reaganism

  • Mervyn Bain, "Cuba–Soviet Relations in the Gorbachev Era," Journal of Latin American Studies, Volume 37, pp. 769-791.
    Iran-contra affair

    Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh, "Concluding Observations," Iran-contra report

November 29: The Clinton Years

December 6: Cuba readings

December 11: Briefing Book

Items: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8