The Post-Mann Era
The final chapter considers the period following the Dominican Republic intervention and Mann’s departure from the government. Rarely explored by historians, these years witnessed an increasingly embattled administration attempting to repair the damage done by its actions in the Caribbean while facing an escalating conflict in Southeast Asia and an ever more hostile Congress. The 1967 Summit of the Presidents of the Americas, which Johnson played a leading role in organizing, is considered in depth as reflective of a revised approach to the hemisphere. In particular, Johnson’s emphasis on integration—both physical, through the development of inter-American infrastructure, and economic, through the envisaged expansion of common markets—is used as evidence of a relatively coherent vision and a potentially more viable framework for modernization than the initial direct-aid-centered efforts of the Alliance. Although undermined by continued political instability, these genuine efforts nonetheless challenge the traditional narrative of an administration that had all but given up on Latin America after 1965.
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