The birth of a controversy : the presidency of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda Middleton Williams (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Franklin Parker

Abstract: In June of 1954 the United States of America was prospering under the leadership of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Korea was no longer in the headlines and Senator McCarthy was busy with his purge of high government officials of communist leanings. Only minor problems in Latin America bothered the State Department until tiny Guatemala hit the headlines, sharing the front page of the New York Times with Senator McCarthy. The Security Council of the United Nations was called to session, the Peace Commission of the Organization of American States met, and the State Department found itself confronted with a major problem. Across the world, Uncle Sam was burned in effigy and riots protested alleged United States actions. What had happened? A group of Guatemalan rebels, led by Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, had crossed the border between Honduras and Guatemala and begun a revolution against the existing Guatemalan government of Colonel Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1965

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