Wilson's Exploitation of Latin America
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This paper explores President Woodrow Wilson's policy of expansion of trade and political relations with Mexico and the rest of Latin America. The paper describes his political and economic domination and how he developed a relationship with Latin America that was both exploitative and military. The paper notes the corrupt dictators, collapsed economies, and failed political systems in the majority of Latin America, and argues that his policies benefited only the United States and did grave and lasting harm to all of the nations, "south of the border".
From the Paper:"In the decades following, Wilson unveiled his vision of international order, the means he had advocated were bitterly contested. For most of recorded history the ends he proposed, far from being universally accepted, were all but unthinkable. A century before Wilson's moment, and for all the centuries before that, the world in which every human being lived was what, after it had disappeared, came to be called "traditional (Cari, 178)." Economic activity was almost entirely agricultural. Political authority was hereditary and arbitrary. Change in the daily routine of court, town and village, when it occurred, was experienced as disruption, not progress. The principal causes of change were dynastic succession, religious schism and the weather. The three international goals that Wilson proclaimed and that came in the twentieth century to seem unarguably desirable would have struck almost anyone living in the first half of the eighteenth century or earlier as distinctly odd (Mandelbaum, 38). His intention, in following with this philosophy, was to develop a relationship with Latin America that was both exploitative and military. To do so, Wilson would have to support the expansion, definition, and subsequent political structure of the states of Latin America."
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