The United States has a long history of interventions in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, from 1800 to the present day. This study group will review these interventions in historical perspective, focusing on the economic, military, political and cultural motives that shaped U.S. interventions as well as the responses of Latin American countries to U.S. involvement. Alan McPherson, a professor of Latin American Studies, has written a concise account of the full sweep of U.S. interventions, analyzing the causes and context of each event against the background of European colonization, westward expansion, the World Wars, the Cold War and the drug trade. A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean (John Wiley & Sons, 2016) will be our text for this four-week study group. Reading will average 50 pages a week.