Americanization of Brazil: A Study of U.S. Cold War by Gerald K. Haines

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Like the general public, major decision makers in the Truman administration (such as President Truman himself, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, and his close adviser Clark Clifford) showed little direct interest in Brazil or Brazilian affairs. Similarly, President Eisenhower and his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, were inattentive to Brazilian concerns. Mid-level and low-level officials, especially in the Department of State, were left to make the everyday decisions regarding Brazilian affairs.

Page 8 12. John Gunther, Inside Latin America (New York: Harper, 1947), pp. 3771. 13. S. , 1st sess. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1953), 5:26. 14. Gunther, Inside Latin America, p. 37. 15. Oliver Holmes, "Brazil: Rising Power in the Americas," Foreign Policy Reports 27 (October 15, 1945): 21019; Preston James, Latin America (New York: Odyssey Press, 1946), p. 400; Hubert Herring, A History of Latin America from the Beginnings to the Present (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963), pp.

Increasing world tensions, Cold War attitudes, and a growing disillusionment with the ability of the Brazilians to institute democratic reforms brought a change to American policy and attitudes in the early 1950s. Both the Truman and Eisenhower administrations now mainly sought stability and order in Brazil. A strong anti-Communist Brazil, closely allied with the United States, was more important to Washington than were fostering democracy and nurturing Brazil as a proving ground for democratic institutions.

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