Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 11-2014

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

History

Keywords

Not, Another, Cuba, Lyndon, Johnson, Dominican, Republic, 1956, 1966, Vietnam, Cold, War, Trujillo, Kennedy, Latin, America, Juan, Bosch, Santo, Domingo, military, coup

Disciplines

Diplomatic History | Latin American History | Latina/o Studies | Political History | United States History

Abstract

This Honors Thesis will examine President Lyndon Johnson's foreign policy surrounding America's complex diplomatic relationship with the Dominican Republic throughout the 1960s. Regarded throughout the last few decades as a less dramatic or telegenic study, the Johnson administration's involvement in the Dominican Republic has been largely overlooked and forgotten. In the wake of an emerging third generation of scholarship, historians are now beginning to uncover the intricate entanglement of information and circumstances supporting Johnson's role in establishing the parameters of U.S. Policy.

At the heart of this discussion exists a robust argument currently taking place among scholars who debate the efficaciousness of Johnson and his staff in regards to foreign policy decisions. In no such theater of American influence is the current argument more heated than Johnson's approach in the Dominican Republic. Reviewing the scope of recent scholarship available (including the works of Peter Felten and Randall B. Woods, among others), this Honors Thesis will seek and defend a definitive position concerning the conclusive success or failure of the Johnson administration in the Dominican Republic.