Trade, Aid, and the Cold War in the Americas

Thomas Tunstall Allcock

in Thomas C. Mann

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2018 | ISBN: 9780813176154
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780813176185 | DOI:
Trade, Aid, and the Cold War in the Americas

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This chapter explores Thomas Mann’s career in the State Department in the period prior to Johnson’s presidency, establishing both Mann’s background and beliefs and the broad pattern of inter-American relations in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mann’s role as an early champion of increased economic aid and cooperative measures to assist the economies of the hemisphere is vital for understanding the positions he would later advocate in the 1960s, as is his highly successful period serving as Kennedy’s ambassador to Mexico. The chapter also traces the gradual shift from the Eisenhower administration’s “trade-not-aid” position to early efforts at promoting economic modernization, supported by Senate majority leader Lyndon Johnson, as the Cold War came to Latin America via Fidel Castro’s Cuban Revolution. It concludes with the culmination of this process, the creation of John F. Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress.

Keywords: Thomas C. Mann; Guatemalan coup; Economic policy; Modernization; Diplomacy; Mexico

Chapter.  14233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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