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