PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT signs the "Neutrality Act", or Senate Joint Resolution No. 173, which he calls an "expression of the desire...to avoid any action which might involve [the U.S.] in war." The signing came at a time when newly installed fascist governments in Europe were beginning to beat the drums of war. In a public statement that day, Roosevelt said . . . . - -August 31, 1935 (SEE: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-signs-neutrality-act.)
"Agrarian Leader Zapata." Fresco by Diego Rivera, 1931. This painting is one of many that were displayed in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition in 1940 entitled, "Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art." This growing appreciation of South American art is yet another example of the Good Neighbor Policy in action.
Some of the key figures and moments from FDR's "Good Neighbor Policy." In this picture, U.S. Secretary of State and Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republican, signing a treaty. As Europe fights against dictatorships, the U.S. was willing to work with those that showed friendly attitudes toward the U.S.
Diplomacy Map-These are the territories that once resented the U.S. and their constant interventions in Latin American affairs. After the Good Neighbor Policy was in effect, this resentment lessened and the relationship was much better.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Receives Pan American Award for his Good Neighbor Policy; President Franklin D. Roosevlet was presented an award by the Pan American Society for his Good Neighbor Policy. The Roosevelt Administration embraced a non-interventionalist foreign policy with Latin America in the hopes to encourage reciprocal trade with these nations, and to prevent an alliance between Latin American nations and the Nazis.
International Diplomacy-The Good Neighbor Policy started healthy relations between the United States and Latin American countries. This was the beginning of a spread of American culture in Latin America. Many Latin Americans took on American ideals and their desire for democracy.