Unit Assessment: An Alternative Perspective

Who do you think created this cartoon?

In a 1904 message to congress, President Theodore Roosevelt announced a policy change that would later become known as the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. Roosevelt proclaimed that the United States would intervene if Central American and Caribbean countries were unable to pay their debts to foreign creditors. The Roosevelt Corollary and the related policy greatly expanded the U.S. “sphere of influence” and has had a lasting impact on U.S. foreign relations in Latin America and beyond.
For your unit assignment, each student will adopt the viewpoint of one Latin American nation affected by the Roosevelt Corollary and conduct research to determine how the people of nation may have viewed this change in U.S. policy and the subsequent interventions.

Please select one of the following:

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Panama
  3. Columbia

Based on your research please prepare this 3-Part assignment:

1. A 2 page, double-spaced letter to President Roosevelt from the position of a citizen of the nation you chose. Let the him know what you think!

2. Create a thoughtful political cartoon about Roosevelt’s policy that might appear in a newspaper from that nation (assuming full freedom of speech). Make sure you address the policy from the point of view of local editors.

3. A 2-3 page, double-spaced personal response paper discussing whether or not you think Roosevelt’s “Big-Stick” diplomacy was an effective policy and why. Justify your response with good research!

Make sure to research the history and culture of the nation you choose, as this will affect the position you take. Remember, there is no right answer to this assignment, only a well researched one.

You must include at least 4 citations for both parts 1 and 3 of the assignment. (That means at least 8 citations total!) You may use resources more than once, but please use at least two different resources for each part of the assignment. Include a bibliography of all sources.

Feel free to use these internet resources and any primary source documents in addition to your own research:

The goal:
Your research will take you to unique and interesting sources that are reliable ( i.e. government websites ending in .gov, university websites ending in .edu, academic articles from databases, or can you image: books!)

We will go over research methods and begin our exploration in class, so please feel free to ask questions!