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.)
Acceptance of Good Neighbor Policy | The policy was largely accepted by the majority of Latin American rulers because it meant that the U.S. would not military intervene and offered instead economic assistance. It also offered the U.S. the ability to gain allies during World War II to help with the war effort.
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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.
Lt. Col. Carlson (front row center) with his raiders at Guadalcanal. February 1943. Several Latinos toward the end of World War II began to participate on the allied side. They fought in large numbers, however since many of the troops were integrated there does not exist a cohesive number to prove the amount that fought. Many Latin Americans had been raised in the Good Neighbor Policy era and were fiercely Americanized.
Patriotic Latinos- Latinos played a significant role in World War II. By the end of the war, nearly every territory in Latin America was supporting the Allies with resources or fighting alongside the Allies. This support was encouraged by the diplomacy facilitated by the Good Neighbor Policy and the push for democracy.