Diplomatic Relations between the United States and the Dominical Republic 1924-1940
Lintner, Jack L.
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The period is significant to American foreign relations because it shows the severe limitations on American power in the underdeveloped world. During the Vasquez and Trujillo governments the United States tried to be a good neighbor by offering them various kinds of assistance, from loans, financial and agricultural advice to mediatory services, and foreign aid. Unfortunately, United States good neighborliness did not give the average Dominican a better way of life, nor did it give the Dominican citizen a political democracy. That United States foreign policy must learn to temper its anticipation and its impatience with Latin American totalitarian countries was the lesson.