The United States Becomes a Good Neighbor
“Franklin Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy was a more ethical, moral, respectful, and neighborly approach to international relations than that of his predecessors.” This is exactly what U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted his new foreign policy of 1933 to be. The Good Neighbor policy was the United State’s new foreign policy, stating that they were to no longer intervene militarily in other countries; they would no longer imperialize the world, and instead were to become “good neighbors” to the other countries. The Good Neighbor policy sounds like a great idea, but when one comes to think of it, why would they need to patch up things? Something, or in this case many things, led to the creation of the Good Neighbor Policy which was long overdue.
It’s the first impression that will either open a door or close it, even though things are never as they seem. The United States, at first, seemed as if they wanted to help the Western Hemisphere by expelling all Europeans from it with the Monroe Doctrine, but once again, things are never as they seem. As time went on and policies were formed, the United States’ true colors began to show. At first they wanted to banish all European powers from their spheres of influence in the Americas, which appeared to be a good idea to the other American countries. When this was done, another imperial power started to rise. It was now the United States that had many spheres of influence, but they were even worse. They had the idea that they were to “master” the “inferior races” and expand territorially and culturally. Uncle Sam’s nation wanted to dominate the world, and for a while they did.
Soon enough, things came crashing down. The Roosevelt Corollary, the Big Stick Policy, the Dollar Diplomacy and the Gunboat Diplomacy, just to name a few, were huge factors in the development of the other nations’ hatred towards the United States. Their constant interventions in...
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