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The dawning of the sixties erupted with John F Kennedy as President the beginning of an anti-war movement and the fear of communism It was a new decade and called for many changes domestic and foreign New policies were initiated in the hopes for a better economy and relations with other countries In 1961 President Kennedy called for the establishment of the Alliance for Progress The program was aimed towards promoting the social and economic development of Latin America Kennedy proposed this cooperative program to replace prior failing efforts of the United States to aid Latin America The intended alliance marked a shift toward a policy of expanded US economic assistance to Latin America in the wake of Fidel Castros successful Communist revolution in Cuba The United States was fearful of a communism spread due to the poverty and social inequities of the Latin American nations The US felt that the southern continent was ripe for violent radical political upheaval which would eventually bring forth the spread of communism The Alliance for Progress program was initially met with open arms by most Latin Americans leaders and immediately boosted US relations throughout the hemisphere1 The alliances charter was signed by all members of the organization except for Cuba at a special meeting at Punta del Este Uruguay on August 17 19612 The drafters of the charter emphasized that the twin goals of economic development and social injustice should be pursued simultaneously and that both should be paralleled by efforts to expand political freedom in the hemisphere One of the most important factors of the program was the promotion of self-help Under the alliances charter the participating Latin American countries would provide eighty percent of the funding and the remaining twenty would be pledged by external sources which would be furnished by the United states other wealthy countries and a variety of public and private groups Though created to ensure the improvement
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