Nelson O'Shaughnessy as the instrument of Woodrow Wilson's Mexican foreign policy



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While a great deal has been written about Woodrow Wilson and his political policy toward Mexico from 1914 to 1917, there is relatively little information available on Nelson O'Shaughnessy, the United States Charge d'Affaires in Mexico during the crucial period in United States -Mexican negotiations preceding the occupation of Veracruz in April of 1914. Edith O'Shaughnessy, the Charge's wife, wrote almost dally letters to her mother which reflect O'Shaughnessy's attitudes and environment during this period; these, coupled with his despatches to the State Department, form the basis for establishing the nature of his instrumentality in interpreting Wilson and his policy to Victoriano Huerta, the Mexican President. O'Shaughnessy, although generally opposed to Wilson's policy of non-recognition of the Huerta government and United States support of the civil war fomented by Venustiano Carranza in the name of ex-President Francisco I. Madero, ordinarily subjected his personal feelings to the fulfillment of his duties. [...]