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Buy and Download Description Anti-Americanism in Latin America was a growing concern in Washington as John F. Kennedy assumed the US presidency in 1961.1 Vice President Richard Nixon's horrendous Latin American goodwill trip in 1958, and more significantly, Fidel Castro's success in Cuba, clearly indicated that many in the region were angry about US international behavior.2 Policymakers in Washington feared anti-Americanism because they understood that it could be an important factor in helping communists take control of Latin American governments. In response to this problem, Kennedy introduced a massive economic aid program he called the Alliance for Progress. The logic behind this program was a belief that, if the United States could improve Latin American economies, communists would lose their appeal. A rising middle class, US policymakers reasoned, would not support Marxist agendas.3 As important, the Alliance for Progress would demonstrate that the United States was not a neo-imperialistic evil empire, as the communists argued, but rather a force for good in the hemisphere.4 Anti-Americanism in Latin America was a growing concern in Washington as John F. Kennedy assumed the US presidency in 1961.1 Vice President Richard Nixon's horrendous Latin American goodwill trip in 1958, and more significantly, Fidel Castro's suc
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