November 5

Woodrow Wilson defeats William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt to become president

November 5, 1912

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  • Lesson 2: "To Elect Good Men": Woodrow Wilson and Latin America
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    Lesson 2: "To Elect Good Men": Woodrow Wilson and Latin America

    President Woodrow Wilson and his first Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, rejected the Dollar Diplomacy that had guided U.S. relations with Latin America during the administration of William Taft. Wilson resolved that the United States would only recognize Latin American governments founded upon law and order, "not upon arbitrary or irregular force. In this lesson, students analyze Wilson's attempts to carry out this "missionary diplomacy" in Haiti and Mexico as well as the responses of selected Haitians and Mexicans.

Christopher Columbus is introduced to maize (corn) by Indians of Cuba

November 5, 1492

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