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Brother's KeeperThe United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962$
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Jason C. Parker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332025.001.0001

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A More American Lake

A More American Lake

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(p.40) 2 A More American Lake
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Brother's Keeper
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332025.003.0003

Describes the impact of World War II on Anglo-American-Caribbean relations and the still-nascent decolonization process. Identifies “three R's” of the Roosevelt adminstration's diplomacy regarding the West Indies: “realism” or security concerns, reformism, and race. All three met in the construction of U.S. bases in the islands, in the establishment of the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission (AACC), in the diasporan cooperation between expatriates and African Americans that helped to bring about revision of the Jamaican constitution, and to a lesser extent in the Anglo-American conflict over Jamaican bauxite. The AACC became an arena of “competitive colonialism” as both Washington and London used their respective colonies to prove their good faith as reformers of the colonial regime, and used them as testing-grounds for the competing American and British visions of the postwar world.

Keywords:   U.S. foreign relations, British West Indies, Anglo-American Caribbean Commission (AACC), Caribbean, African Americans, World War II, Harlem, bauxite, bases, Charles Taussig

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