Official White House Portrait of Herbert Clark Hoover ~ 31st President of the United States. (Term: 1929-1933). He supported the Good Neighbor Policy with South America. Shortly after assuming the presidency, the Great Depression broke out.
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT signs the "Neutrality Act", or Senate Joint Resolution No. 173, which he calls an "expression of the desire...to avoid any action which might involve [the U.S.] in war." The signing came at a time when newly installed fascist governments in Europe were beginning to beat the drums of war. In a public statement that day, Roosevelt said . . . . - -August 31, 1935 (SEE: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-signs-neutrality-act.)
Some of the key figures and moments from FDR's "Good Neighbor Policy." In this picture, U.S. Secretary of State and Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republican, signing a treaty. As Europe fights against dictatorships, the U.S. was willing to work with those that showed friendly attitudes toward the U.S.
Anastasio Somoza-FDR is seen here riding with Anastasio Somoza. Somoza was a Latin American leader who was well accepted by the United States for his anti-communism ideals. The United states supported his anti communist strongholds in Nicaragua.
Franklin D. Roosevelt - Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Lazaro Cardenas | Cardenas nationalized Mexico's oil industry in 1938. The move was seen as a way to gain economic independence and became the first test of FDR's Good Neighbor Policy. The U.S. sought settle the division over American oil companies in Mexico in 1940 because of the Nazi threat in Europe.
International Diplomacy-The Good Neighbor Policy started healthy relations between the United States and Latin American countries. This was the beginning of a spread of American culture in Latin America. Many Latin Americans took on American ideals and their desire for democracy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Receives Pan American Award for his Good Neighbor Policy; President Franklin D. Roosevlet was presented an award by the Pan American Society for his Good Neighbor Policy. The Roosevelt Administration embraced a non-interventionalist foreign policy with Latin America in the hopes to encourage reciprocal trade with these nations, and to prevent an alliance between Latin American nations and the Nazis.