Henry L. Stimson's 1927 Mission to Nicaragua
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I am concerned here with the trend away from military occupation policy and toward the Good Neighbor Policy of Franklin Roosevelt. At the end of World War I, there was less conviction that we should protect the foreign investments of private citizens. Popular sentiment was isolationist, anti-imperialist, and favored extending Wilson's self-determination ideals to Latin America. Nevertheless, our troops remained in Latin American countries until the early thirties. To understand better how and why this situation occurred, I wish to examine our relations with Nicaragua during this period and the 1927 mission of Henry L. Stimson.