Brazil and the United States
Convergence and Divergence
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Georgia Press
I wish first to thank Lester Langley for inviting me to do this book and be a contributor to his much acclaimed series. It has certainly been a hard assignment, but completion was greatly assisted by Lester's guidance and encouragement. I am also grateful to Mike Conniff, who read the manuscript and gave me his expert advice. ...
To the people of the United States, Brazil has historically been regarded as a distant and virtually unknown country--stereotypically a tropical land of palms, coffee, and carnival and whose racially mixed society has more in common with Africa than the Americas. Contact between the two countries has long been made difficult by geographical remoteness, adverse trade winds, and different languages, history, and culture. ...
CHAPTER 1. The South American Empire
"Brazil is, next to ourselves, the great power on the American continent," remarked the U.S. minister to Brazil, James Watson Webb, in 1867.1 That observation, however, did not reflect the special historical relationship between the two giants of the Western Hemisphere. ...
CHAPTER 2. From Empire to Republic
"Altogether, it seems to me," noted the U.S. consul-general at Rio in 1888, "that we now have an opportunity such as seldom occurs for extending our trade."1 The vigorous promotion of commercial relations with Latin America was a salient feature of U.S. diplomacy at the close of the nineteenth century. ...
CHAPTER 3. The New Era
"It is just," commented a Rio newspaper in 1905, "that the United States should receive us from now as equals in the guarding of the destinies of the American continent."1 A convergence of national interests during the first decade of the twentieth century meant that the diplomatic relationship between Brazil and the United States was visibly strengthened. ...
CHAPTER 4. The Republic under Threat
"Around us there has grown up the absurd legend that we are an ambitious and capricious people who are trying to assume the leadership of the continent," commented a Brazilian newspaper in 1925.1 During the 1920s, while the Brazilian republic experienced serious political instability, including notably the revolt of the tenentes (lieutenants) and the fourteen-thousand-mile...
CHAPTER 5. The Global Crisis
"Brazil must stand or fall with the United States," President Getúlio Vargas reportedly told his cabinet at a meeting to discuss the global crisis in January 1942.1 The friendly sentiment was warmly welcomed and reciprocated by leading U.S. officials. For some time they had been disturbed by the fascist sympathies displayed by Vargas ever since the establishment of the Estado Novo in 1937. ...
CHAPTER 6. The Cold War
"I am asking," declared U.S. Congressman William C. Cramer in 1963, "that no further U.S. loans be made to Señor Goulart's government until the Communists are cleaned out of it."1 Throughout the 1950s Brazilian diplomacy sought U.S. financial assistance to fund large-scale projects for industrial development and economic modernization. ...
CHAPTER 7. The Rise and Fall of Military Government
"Brazil is not a country that is open to external influence with regards to its internal politics," commented Harry Shlaudeman, the U.S. ambassador to Brazil from 1986 to 1989.1 In the aftermath of the 1964 coup, the United States was unable to moderate the repressive policy of a succession of Brazilian military governments. ...
In October 1994 U.S. officials welcomed the victory in the presidential election of Fernando Henrique Cardoso over Luis Inácio "Lula" da Silva, the organized labor leader and candidate of the left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers" Party). A former college professor and finance minister, Cardoso was well regarded in the United States for implementing the financial measure known as the "Real Plan" that had achieved considerable...
There are many works on the history of U.S. relations with Latin America, but relatively few specifically deal with bilateral relations between the United States and Brazil. For a long time the only single-volume study was Lawrence F. Hill, Diplomatic Relations between the United States and Brazil (Durham, N.C., 1932), a fine example of traditional diplomatic history that concentrated on relations during the nineteenth century and ended at the beginning of the twentieth century. ...
Page Count: 228
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: The United States and the Americas
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