Is Anti-Americanism Growing Abroad?

Monday, June 23, 1958

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Dean Edward W. Barrett of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (and former assistant Secretary of State during the Truman administration) answers questions on anti-Americanism from the foreign press.

Panelists: Heiner Gauchi of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Elizabeth Buchan from France, Ruggerio Orlando of Italian radio and TV.


Barrett did not experience the anti-American feelings when he visited Latin America, assumes those protests Nixon experienced were planned by (not exclusively) communist groups, and they played on some irritations that exist in Latin America: economic, a feeling that the US has been too friendly toward Latin American dictators, feeling that the US is playing less attention to Latin America than it was 3 years earlier.

It's a mistake to interpret the protests experienced by Nixon as widespread anti-Americanism in Latin America. Strong anti-Americanism is rare, though we do have annoyance, disillusion, irritation, and distress.

Tendency of every leader in every country to blame the situation in his country on other countries.

Comments on immigration laws.

Today we have a higher percentage of democratic governments in Latin American than in any time over the last 20 years. Many of those seem relatively stable. Countries with recently overthrown governments are less stable.

Barrett asks each of the reporters about their opinions of anti-Americanism in their home countries.

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72271
Municipal archives id: LT8276


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A progressive, yet evenhanded, presentation of international perspectives on politics and culture.

Created in cooperation with the Foreign Press Association from 1956-1959, "this series is presented in an effort to help keep New Yorkers fully informed about changing trends in world opinion. Each week a panel of foreign correspondents representing the press of various countries interviews another distinguished guest."


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