The Rise and Fall of the Alliance for Progress

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 and the final demise of the Alliance for Progress. Throughout the crisis, LBJ displayed a combination of hard-line philosophy and ultra-sensitivity to the political implications of his decisions. That approach would characterize his handling of international affairs for the next four years.
We'll be taking an in-depth look at a two crises today, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and the strain in US-Panamanian relations that occurred in the winter of 1963-1964. 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.


bullet Paterson, American Foreign Relations, pp. 381-440.


bullet Panama transcripts
bullet Brazil transcripts
bullet Alliance for Progress documents--1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. The first document (pp. 1-4) features Arthur Schlesinger spelling out the basic rationale for the Alliance for Progress. The second (5-6) reveals the administration's struggle after a coup occurred in the Dominican Republic, and Kennedy wondered whether or not to extend diplomatic recognition to the military regime that had toppled a left-leaning but democratically elected regimes.