The history of U.S.-Latin American relations has been characterized by a complex fusion of tensions, collaboration, misperceptions, and intervention.
Offering a balanced and interdisciplinary interpretation, this comprehensive reader traces the often-troubled relationship from the beginnings of the nineteenth century to the presidency of Barack Obama.
Completely revised and updated, this third edition includes original essays on critically important issues such as immigration, the environment, and the Obama administration's policy toward the region.
In addition to this added policy section, another new section explores cultural issues such as tourism, soccer, and the media.
The readings are framed by the editors' opening chapter on the history of the relationship, introductory essays for each of the seven parts, and abstracts for each selection.
Students who use this book will learn that U.S.-Latin American relations have been deeply influenced by dynamic, continuously evolving scholarly interpretations in both hemispheres.
Sixteen years after the first edition was published, the editors are more optimistic as the hemisphere unites around trade, culture, tourism and an evolving mutual appreciation.
Methodologically interdisciplinary, yet comparative and historical in organization and structure, this text will benefit all readers interested in the rich historical, social, and political "American" relationship.