Virtual Session

The Good Neighbor Policy

Secretary of State Cordell Hull. A champion of the idea that freer economic exchange between countries would bring peace, he championed tariff reciprocity agreements with Latin American countries. The unintended consequence, however, was to bind these economies closer to the American economy.
The Good Neighbor Policy was among the more striking initiatives in US policy toward Latin America.  Historians debate the motives of FDR, the long-term effect of the policy, and amount of latitude the policy gave to Latin American governments. At the very least, however, the Good Neighbor Policy represented a significant change in tactics from the United States.
This virtual session will explore the Good Neighbor Policy from a number of different perspectives.  The piece on the PRRA argues that the policy was actually much broader ideologically than it commonly has been viewed. Roorda takes a different view, stressing the harmful results of the non-interventionist policy. This class's caucus question--and remember, at least 12 hours between posts, unless you post more than twice--is the following: what was the single most important aspect for historians to understand about the Good Neighbor Policy?


               "Anti-Imperialism and the Good Neighbour Policy," sourcebook 2.

                Eric Roorda, The Good Neighbor Next Door, pp. 31-62, 88-126, for which these reading notes exist.


                FDR gives his interpretation of the Good Neighbor Policy

                The Montevideo accords, which established the principle of non-intervention

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