By Jason C. Parker
In 1962, amidst the Cuban Revolution, 3rd global decolonization, and the African American freedom stream, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago grew to become the 1st British West Indian colonies to achieve independence. those weren't in simple terms the 1st new countries within the western hemisphere in additional than fifty years; in addition they gained their independence with no the bloodshed that marked rather a lot of the decolonization fight in other places. Jason Parker's overseas heritage of the peaceable transition in those islands analyzes the jobs of the U.S., Britain, the West Indies, and the transnational African diaspora within the technique, from its Thirties stirrings to its chilly warfare end result. Grounded in exhaustive learn performed in seven international locations, Brother's Keeper bargains an unique rethinking of the connection among the chilly struggle and 3rd international decolonization.
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In fact, he had met with Roosevelt in early 1937 to warn him of the ongoing crisis in the region. At that time, he and fellow New Dealer—and future Puerto Rico Governor—Rexford Tugwell had just returned from a Caribbean tour in the wake of unrest in the British and American possessions. 69 In addition, as a New York City Democrat, Taussig had a keen awareness of the West Indian diaspora embedded in black America. Taussig’s knowledge of the islands partially compensated for the dearth of on-site intelligence.
16 An early president of the JPL, W. S. citizen of Jamaican heritage and an early advocate of Jamaican self-government who embodied the New York–Caribbean connection. The JPL was one of a dozen New York “Progressive Leagues” founded by expatriates to push for colonial self-determination for their homelands. In terms of the broader anticolonial movement, these activists supported self-rule for Africa as well, but for obvious reasons the West Indies were closer to their hearts. 17 This West Indian presence ensured that when the islands exploded, Harlem shook.
81 The Caribbean freedom movements and African-Americans animating this campaign shared the conviction that reform had to entail racial progress as well as political change. The imminent insertion of the Americans into the delicate and complex racial situation in the islands made this a concrete concern. S. South, even if limited to the vicinity of the bases, would upset existing social arrangements and stain the American reputation. Such fears cooled enthusiasm for the arrival of the Yanks. S.