The Monroe Doctrine

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The principles of the Monroe doctrine were said by President Coolidge in a statement at the White House, January 18, 1927, to have a “distinct place” at the basis of present American policy in Nicaragua. In Senate debate on this policy five days before, it had been asserted by Senator Borah, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, that the Monroe doctrine had no application to the situation existing in Nicaragua and that nothing connected with that situation “would justify an appeal to the Monroe doctrine.” Subsequent debate in both houses disclosed a wide difference of opinion as to whether or not the principles of the Monroe doctrine were involved.

Prior to the landing of American marines in Nicaragua, President Coolidge stated in his special message ...

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