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The United States and Latin America

A History with Documents, 1st Edition

By Jeffrey Taffet, Dustin Walcher


478 pages

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The United States and Latin America presents a complex and dynamic view of

the relationship between the United States and Latin America. Through a

combination of targeted, thematic chapters and a range of freshly-translated

documents, Jeffrey F. Taffet and Dustin Walcher illuminate the historical

continuities and conflicts that have defined the vital relationship. Giving

equal weight to Latin American and United States voices, this text provides

an essential collection of primary sources for students and scholars, and is

an indispensable touchstone for anyone interested in the histories of the

United States and Latin America.


This excellent collection of documents is certain to become the most-used such reader around. Not only are the documents well chosen, the brief editorial introduction to each chapter puts it in historical context. At least half of the documents are Latin American, which is refreshing since often it is the reverse. Both students and experts in the field will benefit from this fine edited collection.

- James Siekmeier is Associate Professor of History at West Virginia University

Taffet and Walcher strike a perfect balance between depth of analysis and efficiency of information. Their choices of primary sources are innovative and should spark engaging classroom discussions.

- Renata Keller, University of Nevada, Reno and author of Mexico's Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution.

This superb collection of introductory chapters and documents provides a much-needed resource for any course on U.S. relations with Latin America. Brilliantly combining primary sources from both the United States and Latin American countries, the book will surely become an invaluable text for any student interested in this topic and will encourage a new generation of scholars to embrace the importance of international research.

Bevan Sewell is Assistant Professor in American History at the University of Nottingham

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The Nineteenth Century Context

Chapter Two: Boundaries, War and the Canal

Chapter Three: Interventions, Occupations and Commerce

Chapter Four: Cultural Encounters

Chapter Five: Challenging the United States

Chapter Six: Depression and Global Conflict

Chapter Seven: Renewed Intervention and Revolution

Chapter Eight: Modernization and Militarization

Chapter Nine: Evolving Cultural Connections

Chapter Ten: Latin American Nationalism and Independence

Chapter Eleven: Morality and Anti-Communism

Chapter Twelve: The Washington Consensus and Beyond

Chapter Thirteen: In a Globalized World

About the Authors

Jeffrey F. Taffet is Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Dustin Walcher is Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Southern Oregon University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Latin America / General
HISTORY / United States / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century