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.)
Acceptance of Good Neighbor Policy | The policy was largely accepted by the majority of Latin American rulers because it meant that the U.S. would not military intervene and offered instead economic assistance. It also offered the U.S. the ability to gain allies during World War II to help with the war effort.
Patriotic Latinos- Latinos played a significant role in World War II. By the end of the war, nearly every territory in Latin America was supporting the Allies with resources or fighting alongside the Allies. This support was encouraged by the diplomacy facilitated by the Good Neighbor Policy and the push for democracy.
Lt. Col. Carlson (front row center) with his raiders at Guadalcanal. February 1943. Several Latinos toward the end of World War II began to participate on the allied side. They fought in large numbers, however since many of the troops were integrated there does not exist a cohesive number to prove the amount that fought. Many Latin Americans had been raised in the Good Neighbor Policy era and were fiercely Americanized.
Franklin Roosevelt Speech Outlining His Good Neighbor Policy - This speech from 1936 further illustrates FDR's motives originally outlined in his first inaugural address. Roosevelt speaks of being a "good neighbor," employing negotiations and economic incentives, rather than using a heavy hand to protect U.S. interests throughout the world.
Directed by Alfred Vohrer. With Hildegard Knef, Carl Raddatz, Sylvia Manas, Martin Hirthe. When they start losing family members and neighbors due to WWII and the Nazi government's policies, a quiet married couple becomes disillusioned and begins spreading leaflets against the government - a crime punishable by death.
William Howard Taft under whom dollar diplomacy became an important part of American Imperialism and how the United States had plans for countries in Middle and South America. Similar to the good neighbor policy in that the United States was hoping to use the countries south of its border to their benefit and not allow European countries to take advantage of nations they hoped to use to their own advancement.