By David Healy

ISBN-10: 082621374X

ISBN-13: 9780826213747

James G. Blaine was once one of many best nationwide political figures of his day, and possibly the main debatable. Intensely partisan, the dominant chief of the Republican get together, and a tremendous shaper of nationwide politics for greater than a decade, Blaine is remembered mainly for his function as architect of the post-Civil struggle GOP and his classes as secretary of kingdom. He additionally used to be the Republican presidential candidate within the infamous mud-slinging crusade of 1884. His overseas coverage used to be marked by way of its activism, its concentrate on Latin the US, and its try and raise U.S. impact there.

James G. Blaine and Latin America asserts that Latin the US lay on the middle of Blaine's international coverage and his imaginative and prescient for the US. David Healy examines seven significant matters that jointly outlined the secretary of state's tools, pursuits, and perspectives concerning Latin the USA and, extra largely, the foreign position of the us. Healy locations his explorations in the greater context of Blaine's ongoing position as a countrywide social gathering chief, his relatives with the presidents lower than whom he served, and the responses of his predecessors and successors towards the problems handy in Latin America.

The result's a deeper realizing of Blaine's formidable imaginative and prescient for his country's foreign function, his strength and aggressiveness in relocating to accomplish that imaginative and prescient, and his potent efforts to transmit his worldview to the general public. Blaine's emphasis at the value of Latin the US to the USA and his conviction that his kingdom may be a global energy stimulated a brand new new release of leaders who, on the finish of the century, could transcend his objectives and bring in a brand new era.

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32. Cosío Villegas, La Vida Política Exterior, pt. 1, xxvii and 462. 33 Guatemala and Mexico out even having heard the Mexican case. However, Romero conceded, “Mr. ”33 In general Romero took the charitable position that Blaine’s eagerness to establish the principle of international arbitration best explained his actions toward Mexico. Yet he noted that Blaine was also anxious to demonstrate to the world the power of the United States and seized this opportunity to do so. He also wished to support Guatemala in achieving Central American confederation, which made it necessary to protect that nation from the imagined Mexican conquest.

142 and 143, June 21, 1881, in FRUS, 1881, 768 –70. 31 Guatemala and Mexico ognize the government of Porfirio Díaz, who had taken power in 1876, until it took effective measures to keep the peace on the border. S. Army to exercise the right of “hot pursuit”: that is, if in pursuit of marauders from Mexico, they were to continue into Mexican territory rather than abandon the chase. This order had raised a sensation on both sides of the border. Blaine himself had seized the occasion to strike at the man who had bested him for the 1876 nomination.

S. 22 About this time, Guatemalan Minister Arturo Ubico reported to his government a conversation with Blaine that further precipitated events. He told Blaine at length of the alleged oppressions of Mexico against Guatemala and of Mexico’s presumed hunger for her neighbor’s territory. According to Ubico’s report, Blaine had replied that just as the United States obliged the European powers to respect the territory of American states, so should those 21. Logan to Blaine, May 24, 1881, in FRUS, 1881, 104–5.

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