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The Americas After Independence. Wood 17 A nation’s ability to prosper depends on its leaders’ ability to recognize resources, identify priorities, and make effective progress. Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis. Political & economic capitalism lead to prosperity expansion isolationism

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The americas after independence

The Americas After Independence

Wood 17

A nation’s ability to prosper depends on its leaders’ ability to recognize resources, identify priorities, and make effective progress.


Top ten facts to support the thesis

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Political & economic capitalism lead to prosperity

    • expansion

    • isolationism

    • immigration

    • type of government matters

      federalism / strong central government

      regionalism


Top ten facts to support the thesis1

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • How leaders respond to regional differences leads to success or failure, union or division

    • North v. South (civil war) in the US

    • increased home rule in Canada

    • fragmentation of Gran Colombia (Ven, Col, Ecu)

    • Central America pulled away from Mexico


Top ten facts to support the thesis2

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Keep the cycle of innovation going

    war

    productivity

    wealth

    relocation/improved living conditions

    mechanization

    exports …


Top ten facts to support the thesis3

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Know when to engage in diplomacy

    - US: isolation, then US/Eur*/Canada relations

    - cultural influence can lead to political alliance

    - which led to two nations that ‘spoke the same language’

    Romanticism

    Darwin / Darwinism

    Freud / modern psychology

    - Mexico?

    - Other Latin American states?


Top ten facts to support the thesis4

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Pay attention to demographics

    who’s the elite?

    who are the worker class?

    do the ppl – mixed as they are – participate in policymaking?

    can the people – mixed as they are –self-rule?


Top ten facts to support the thesis5

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Theory isn’t practice

    can you apply current ideology?

    can you experiment with ideas…and recover?


Top ten facts to support the thesis6

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Establish a political institution

    who has authority and how can they assure the peaceful transfer of power?

    GW & Juan Manual de Rosas:

    both charismatic and republican

    only GW succeeded (why?)

    Juarez & Diaz: how successful, and why?


Top ten facts to support the thesis7

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • The role of a belief system – and its church – matters

    • US: no state religion

    • GB: state religion

    • Canada: no state religion

    • Latin America: Catholic Church

      Juarez viewed Ch as obstacle (“Land & liberty”)

      same slogan as French Rev’n –

      why did Juarez fail?


Top ten facts to support the thesis8

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Don’t get left behind: Meet economic demands and you can participate in the global economy

    Portugal: couldn’t

    Spain: couldn’t

    US: could

    GB: could

    Mexico / Diaz: could


Top ten facts to support the thesis9

Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis

  • Bring the country with you

    regularly assess who benefits, who loses

    will the losers become a liability?

    Mexico: Diaz & foreign investors…oh no!

    US: slaves, immigrants, women…free’m = $ dev’t

    Americas: slaves’ freedom yields $ dev’t

    Cuba: ready for independence, but US wasn’t

    US ready for canal, but Colombia wasn’t


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