Good neighbor policy

The Good Neighbor Policy

The Good Neighbor Policy lesson idea provides an overview of the policy of friendship implemented by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 with Latin American States. This is a great lesson for educators wanting to provide their students with a good grasp of policies adopted by the United States towards other Latin American countries leading up to the beginning of the Second World War. 

Learning about the Good Neighbor policy is important as it shows how President Roosevelt took office determined to improve relations with the nations of Central and South America. It was under his leadership that the United States strengthened cooperation and trade rather than military force to maintain stability in the region.

The policy could be considered a success in part by most of the Latin American states supporting the Allies during the Second World War. After the war ended, the United States anti-communist policies in Europe and Asia led to a renewed distrust in the Americas and the gradual collapse of the Good Neighbor Policy.

To enhance student understanding, this lesson adopts a critical thinking, research and comprehension approach through the use of a source analysis, a film discussion and a research task. The research task could be completed with a partner to build upon team building skills.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities focus on comprehension of a short film, critical thinking skills through source analysis, note taking and research skills.
Estimated lessons:2-3.
Ages14 years and up.
Format PowerPoint.

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