Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William F. Strong

Second Advisor

Dr. Dora E. Saavedra

Third Advisor

Dr. Jack R. Stanley


The thesis documents the important influences that have shaped Mexican-American relations in the late 19th century and in the 20th century. These influences uncover areas that go over and beyond the conventional schools of diplomacy. They include a whole myriad of forces. The thread of our relations is found to be based largely on self determination made by each Presidential administration.

It is demonstrated that many Presidents have acted as their own statesmen in regard to Mexico. In searching for influences the researcher finds culture, language, technology, politics, economics, history, geography and religion as relevant. The nature of United States relations with Mexico is carefully reviewed. The thesis covers patterns that emerge through years of coexistence as neighbors. Presidential shortcomings and prevailing ideologies are explained. Strong American personalities show how this particular influence was successfully used to the benefit of the United States.

The pitfalls of United States inexperience and ignorance of Mexico's strong culture are also explained. The thesis is important in understanding the two-country influences because it treats commonalities as well as differences between Mexico and the United States regarding the same issues. Examples are shown of both accord and discord; there is found to be a commonality of overall interests, yet a significant difference of ideas.

The researcher finds that it must be recognized that United States policies were forced to allow for change, differing circumstances, world challenges and responses in its early-on position as an international power.


Copyright 1998 A. Gene Wendorf. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American