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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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Building a Bulwark

Building a Bulwark

(p.93) 4 Building a Bulwark
Brother's Keeper

Janson C. Parker (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter describes the “drawing-board” years of the West Indies Federation, including its role in the Eisenhower administration's plans to keep communism out of the hemisphere. Washington's preference was to defer to the British in the West Indies, while the U.S. retained the initiative in neighboring areas such as Guatemala. The parallel qualities of these campaigns underline how Anglo-American-Caribbean affairs proceeded within the context of “Latin American” relations. The end of the chapter witnesses what appeared to be a hemisphere-wide outbreak of anti-Americanism. Washington risked fueling that fire when Trinidad's Eric Williams began a crusade to evict the U.S. from its naval base at Chaguaramas, in order that the capital of the West Indies Federation, soon to launch, might be built on the site.

Keywords:   U.S. foreign relations, British West Indies, West Indies Federation, decolonization, Caribbean, Cold War, bases, Eric Williams, Chaguaramas, Inter-American relations

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