The American Lake or the Castro Caribbean?
Describes the ill-starred career of the West Indies Federation, beginning its life crosscut with conflicts among its members and mired in the dispute with Washington over Chaguaramas. The chapter examines the change in policy on the American side, reflecting the late-Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations' fear that anti-Americanism and Castroite revolution might spread. Contextualizes the West Indies Federation in two important areas: first, as part of the U.S. response to “Castroism,” and second, as part of the “global race-revolution” manifest in the cresting wave of Third World decolonization and of First World minorities' struggle for equality. Follows the story to the eve of the Jamaican referendum on continued membership in the Federation, a union on which U.S., British, and West Indian policy was predicated.
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