We all should revere the names of Lafayette, Rochambeau, van den Capillan, Kosciuszko, Pulaski, Galvez and Cordoba as much as we show towards Washington, Madison, Franklin, Adams and Jefferson. The help of these “revolutionaries” and their governments provided ensured that America was able to defeat the British in 1783. This class will focus on Lafayette with the aforementioned cast of revolutionary characters playing lesser roles in this untold story of the American Revolution.
Nearly 200 years ago in 1823, President James Monroe set forth his “Monroe Doctrine” to halt European influence in the Americas. President Teddy Roosevelt strengthened the Doctrine with his own 1904 Corollary which allowed him to carry his “big stick” into Latin America. Calling our southern neighbors, “our little brown brothers,” Roosevelt and successive administrations have dominated Latin American politics and history. In fact, never mention the Doctrine or Corollary on your next trip to Latin America or you’re sure to get a harsh lecture. This class explores our history in Latin America and delves into the rationale behind these documents and our continued presence in Latin American affairs. From Cuba, Panama, Nicaragua, Granada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and other Latin America neighbors, it’s a mixed bag of successes and failures.
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