Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Paul L. Beck


Diplomatic relations between the United States and Mexico have been without major incident in recent years. Twenty-five years ago, however, the seizure of oil properties belonging to United States interests in Mexico climaxed a bitter twenty year struggle between the powerful foreign petroleum interests and Mexico. The first phase of that struggle began with the Constitution of 1917 and resulted in strained relations between the two nations. The part that vested interests played in this controversy is little known and provides interesting insight into the use of public opinion to sway United States foreign policy.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1963, Dennis J. O'Brien

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