Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
This dissertation begins by framing the overall relationship between the United States and Mexico during World War II and recognizes the significant economic role Mexico played in the U.S. wartime industrialization. With this framework in place, the emphasis of this research then turns to how Mexico pressured the United States government into addressing the racial prejudice which existed within the United States against what was perceived as a unified Latin American ethnic group. Thanks to the increased importance of Mexico, multiple parts of the United States government including the State Department, the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, the state government of Texas, and the state government of California all participated in what the author terms as "ethnic diplomacy." Ethnic diplomacy is a categorical delineation of diplomacy which emphasizes why different diplomacy occurred instead of the format of the diplomacy. In this case, the United States government actively sought to end racial prejudice in the American Southwest and beyond in the hope to remain "Good Neighbors" with Mexico at a time of global crisis when they could not afford otherwise.
Lieser, Jordan, "Ethnic Diplomacy: Race, the United States, and Mexico during World War II" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 6087.