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The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945 (American Encounters/Global In...

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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.)

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In this speech give in Chautauqua, NY, FDR conveys his dedication to the Good Neighbor Policy. He expresses his hope for the fighting to be soon over and world peace to form. He believes that if the US kept up with the Good Neighbor Policy, especially Latin America that the US could provide and example to follow.

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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.

Good Neighbor Policy: Success or Not?

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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.

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Dictator Rafael L. Trujillo of the Dominican Republic and Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, U.S. are shown signing the Good Neighbor Policy here on September 24, 1940. Though 7 years after the U.S. adapted this policy there were still nations not willing to trust the U.S. because of past relations. The Dominican Republic in particular had been used to U.S. intervention and control. As a result of the Montevideo Conference the U.S. policy of controlling Latin and South America would…

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Photo of Senator Orville Platt of Connecticut who was responsible for much of the Platt amendment which was in fact overturned or repealed by FDR's Good Neighbor Policy...While the Platt amendment called for force and occupation the Good Neighbor policy called for cooperation and trade