November 29


President Johnson conducting business, as usual, on the telephone, on January 10, 1964. We'll be spending some time on that day in class today, since it marked the rupture of relations between the United States and Panama. Throughout the crisis, LBJ displayed a combination of hard-line philosophy and ultrasensitivity to the political implications of his decisions. That approach would characterize his handling of Latin American affairs for the next four years.
We'll be taking an in-depth look at a single crisis today, the strain in US-Panamanian relations that occurred in the winter and spring of 1964. You can begin with some background on events. After that, dive into Johnson's response to events with the transcripts below. PLEASE PRINT OUT THE TRANSCRIPTS AND BRING THEM TO CLASS.


                Panama transcripts

                Brazil transcripts

                Thomas Mann oral history; please read pp. 12-15 only.

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