Siekmeier, James F.
About the author: Dr. Siekmeier received his PhD in History from Cornell University. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. His articles have appeared in several journals.1999 0-7734-7954-6
This study sets up a whole new framework for examining United States-Latin American relations. It argues that US policy toward Latin America was driven by a fear of economic nationalism. Economic nationalists in Latin America in the 1950s wanted to control foreign trade and investment in their nations, to diversify their economies and, in some cases, promote industrialization. The study examines how US officials used economic aid policy in Guatemala and Bolivia to eliminate economic nationalism in those nations.