Peace Machinery in the Americas

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Roosevelt's Call for Parley of American Republics

When President Roosevelt addressed Congress on the night of January 3, 1936, he declared that the policy of the good neighbor, which he had enunciated in his inaugural address three years ago,1 was among the Americas “no longer a hope—no longer an objective remaining to be accomplished—it is a fact, active, present, pertinent, and effective.” Five weeks later, the President in a personal letter addressed to the heads of the 20 Latin American states expressed the conviction that preliminary agreement by Bolivia and Paraguay on arrangements for settlement of the Chaco controversy had afforded “an altogether favorable opportunity” for the American republics “to consider their joint responsibility and their common need of rendering less likely in the future the ...

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