HIS 375: The United States and Latin America

Instructor: Dr. Super

In the 1960s, the State Department official in charge of inter-American affairs was supposed to have suggested, quite undiplomatically, that Latin Americans understand only two things: "A buck in the pocket and a kick in the ass." The course reviews the historical love-hate relationship between the United States and Latin America that is captured in this infamous remark. From the Monroe Doctrine to the War with Mexico, from Pan-Americanism to the Good Neighbor Policy, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the end of the Cold War, the basic dilemma remains: in this supposedly "special relationship," can there be mutual interests to pursue or can there only be supremacy to impose? Lectures survey the history; readings and discussions examine contemporary issues; a course-ending debate seeks resolution.