Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

History Day - Panama Canal

The Panama Canal (The Torrijos–Carter Treaties)

Summary: After completing the Panama Canal in 1914, the United States maintained ownership over 553 miles of land around the canal. In 1964, hostilities erupted over the United States control of the Canal Zone and rioting ensued. Many Americans, including Senator Dole, believed the United States should retain ownership of the Canal, but in 1977 President Carter and Panamanian General Torrijos signed a treaty to give control of the Panama Canal to Panama.

Date Range: 1967-1977

Online materials: Pamphlets, letters, fact sheets, legislation about Panama and the Panama Canal, and the 1977 Treaty and amendments

Additional materials: Several letters from constituents, press releases, materials from the signing ceremony of the 1977 Treaty, and photographs from Senator Dole's 1978 visit to Panama

 

Title: Senator Bob Dole eating and speaking with the Panama Canal Zone Adjutant during a trip to the Panama Canal.

Date: 1978

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection 1880-1996- Trips, Box 128, Folder 2340, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Senator Bob Dole touring Panama Canal, 1978

Date: 1978

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1880-1996, Box 65, Folder 9, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Senator Bob Dole talking to others with Panama Canal in the background

Date: 1978

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection 1880-1996- Trips, Box 128, Folder 2340, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Dole Amendments to the Panama Canal Treaty, 1977

Date: Undated

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 683, Folder 9, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Panama: Marxist Enclave on the Isthmus. Report by Nicaragua Government Information Service on Communism in Panama

Date: Undated

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 302, Folder 10, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Panama Canal Treaty, translation from Spanish to English.

Date: 1977-07-10

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 302, Folder 10, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Letter from grain farmer in Barton County, KS urging opposition to Panama Canal Treaties and reply from Senator Dole

Date: 1967-08-28

Citation: Robert J. Dole House of Representatives Papers, 1960-1969, Box 92, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: President Johnson's Folly : The New Panama Treaty. Anti-Panama Canal Pamphlet from KS man, published by Committee on Pan-American Policy with reply from Senator Dole

Date: 1967-08-31

Citation: Robert J. Dole House of Representatives Papers, 1960-1969, Box 92, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Fact Sheet regarding U.S. sovereignty in Panama Canal published by the Republican Study Committee of the US House of Representatives

Date: 1975-10-29

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 716, Folder 11, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Form letter used to reply to constituents in favor of the Panama Canal Treaty

Date: Undated

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 716, Folder 11, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Panama Canal issue brief prepared by the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service

Date: 1974-11-06

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 716, Folder 11, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Text of the Panama Canal Resolution with note from Senator Strom Thurmond

Date: 1975-02-19

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 716, Folder 11, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Letter from Senator Dole on behalf of the Young Republican's Fund to Save Our Panama Canal

Date: 1977-09-23

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers- Personal/Political Files, 1969-1996, Box 31, Folder 4, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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