March 28
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 ultrasensitivity 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 Dominican coup of 1963 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.


Executive Sessions, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1963.


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

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