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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

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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?

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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?

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Top Ten Facts to Support the Thesis
  • Theory isn’t practice

can you apply current ideology?

can you experiment with ideas…and recover?

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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?

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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

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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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