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Cuba: From Gunboat Diplomacy to Good Neighbor Policy

February 25–May 24, 2016
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

This installation, presented by The Wolfsonian Library, examined U.S.-Cuba relations from the 1898 American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence to the 1933 introduction of the Good Neighbor Policy.

While Theodore Roosevelt had advocated involvement in the Spanish-Cuban conflict and as president had inaugurated an era of “big stick” diplomacy towards Latin-American countries, Franklin Delano Roosevelt adopted a more conciliatory foreign policy. The display featured works from The Wolfsonian’s collection, including illustrated sheet music covers from the Spanish-American War, rare books and photographs from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, and photographs and ephemera from donor Vicki Gold Levi.