Latin America: LBJ.'s Gamble

In fragmented Latin America, summit conferences are rare occurrences-and successful ones rarer still. Simon Bolivar organized the first one in 1826 to press for a federation of Latin American countries, but gave up in despair when only four nations deigned to send delegates. Dwight Eisenhower gathered 19 Latin American heads of state at a summit meeting in Panama City in 1956, but his pleas for hemispheric solidarity were almost drowned out by cries for more U.S. aid funds. This week, as President Johnson flew southward to meet with the Presidents of 19-Latin American republics, there were grounds for hope...

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