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5 Signs of a Thaw? The Early Years of Manuel Avila Camacho’s Government, 1941–1942

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General Manuel ÁVila Camacho took over as president on December 1, 1940, following complicated elections. One of the goals of his term in office was to make corrections to Cardenas's policies, since they had polarized the various social forces in the country. His administration was shaped by two main goals. First, he advanced a moderate domestic program aimed to boost the economic development of the country, and for this to happen stability and "national unity" were necessary. Second, in its foreign policy the government sought to redefine relations with the United States, as well as to adapt national politics to the new international situation produced by the Second World War. Within the context of the Second World War the configuration and orientation of immigration policies were re-shaped throughout the world. More and more limitations were placed on the entrance of foreigners, until countries finally decreed that their borders were closed.

Keywords: immigration policies; Manuel ÁVila Camacho; national unity; Second World War



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