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Global Perspectives on the United StatesPro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Discourses Between$
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Virginia R. Domínguez and Jane C. Desmond

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040832

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040832.001.0001

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Virginia R. Domínguez on Spellacy and Ibarra

Virginia R. Domínguez on Spellacy and Ibarra

“Not Just for Latin Americanists”

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(p.308) Third Look Virginia R. Domínguez on Spellacy and Ibarra
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Global Perspectives on the United States
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Virginia R. Domínguez, Jane C. Desmond
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040832.003.0033

This essay argues that both “pro-Americanism” and “anti-Americanism” appear as plausible referents in these essays by Spellacy and Ibarra, but it stresses that both essays actually raise questions about what is assumed (and perhaps should not be assumed) about U.S. interest in Latin Americans and the consequences of that interest for those who live in one or another country in the Western Hemisphere. Dominguez notes that both Spellacy and Ibarra are likely to surprise readers, though in different ways. That the U.S. was ever really interested in Latin America, and specifically in promoting a positive image of the U.S. in Latin America, may well surprise many current readers of Spellacy’s essay, but it may not be as surprising as Ibarra’s claim that many Mexican immigrants in L.A. are actually fairly “pro-American.” Given the history of U.S. government action in Latin America and the Caribbean since at least the Monroe Doctrine in the early 1800s, any interest among Latin Americans in moving to the U.S. appears as a contradiction. Dominguez is interested in Spellacy’s phrase “making U.S. imperialism go down easy” but asks when and how U.S. imperialism has been noticed and by whom, and when and how it has mattered—and not mattered—to U.S. residents, residents of other countries in the Western Hemisphere, and even people elsewhere. For example, she asks if it might be possible that Sinaloans (and the many other Mexicans who migrate to the U.S. with and without proper U.S. papers) care little about U.S. imperialism and might actually be tacit (or even vocal) supporters of U.S. imperialism.

Keywords:   surprises, U.S. imperialism, U.S. enthusiasm for Latin America, “pro-Americanism”, “anti-Americanism”, contradictions, popular attitudes

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