Base Colonies in the Western Hemisphere, 1940-1967 [NOOK Book]

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This book examines the consequences of the famous Anglo-American destroyers-for-bases deal of September 1940, which saw fifty aged US destroyers exchanged for extensive army and navy base sites in Trinidad, Bermuda and Newfoundland as well as smaller sites in British Guiana (Guyana), Antigua, St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Bahamas. In his message to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that the deal was the "most important action in the reinforcement of our national defense that has been taken since the...
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Base Colonies in the Western Hemisphere, 1940-1967

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Overview

This book examines the consequences of the famous Anglo-American destroyers-for-bases deal of September 1940, which saw fifty aged US destroyers exchanged for extensive army and navy base sites in Trinidad, Bermuda and Newfoundland as well as smaller sites in British Guiana (Guyana), Antigua, St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Bahamas. In his message to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that the deal was the "most important action in the reinforcement of our national defense that has been taken since the Louisiana Purchase." While the comparison seems an unlikely one today, as the 99 years leased bases did not play a prominent role in the subsequent fighting, few Americans would have disagreed with Roosevelt's comparison in September 1940. While the diplomatic importance of the destroyers for bases deal has been widely acknowledged, few have examined the social impact of these "friendly invasions" on the base colonies themselves. The bases brought economic prosperity and social dislocation, raising nettlesome questions. Would the US impose Jim Crow as it had in the Panama Canal Zone? Were US servicemen subject to local law outside the leased areas? What were the effects of the US bases and how did they compare? Based on extensive archical research in the United States, Great Britain, Trinidad, Bermuda, and Canada, Base Colonies in the Western Hemisphere is the first study to answer these and other questions within a cross-regional comparative framework. The result is a fascinating exploration into race, class and empire.
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Base Colonies is strikingly original– the comparison of the labor and social history of a series of different British colonies as each dealt with the effects of the construction of US military bases provides a window into how empire, class and race work. Theoretically engaged and grounded in a deep understanding of each society, this book is comparative social history at its best. High has shown us that grand strategic decisions pay benefits and impose costs on those who find themselves hosting the United States armed services.”—Jeff Webb, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Editor, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies

"World War II was a watershed in modern history and High focuses on a critical time and element in the period, namely the consequences of the destroyers-for-bases deal made between the UK and the USA in 1940. The book is original in the geographical scope of its material and the nature of its comparative perspective. Its study of the bases in Bermuda and Newfoundland as well as the Caribbean is unique. In addition to the historiographical importance of this book, the whole question of the rights and behavior, the legality and the impact, of US service personnel in and around their bases in foreign countries is highly topical and very relevant for the foreseeable future."—Nigel Bolland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and Caribbean Studies, Emeritus, Colgate College

"Don't miss this book - it will broaden your perspectives on the effects of the Second World War." —Frank D. McCann, The Jourbanal of Latin American Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230269460
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Steven High is Canada Research Chair in Public History at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is the author of several books and articles exploring race and labor in times of sudden transformative change. His last book, Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization (2007), challenged the ways in which we comprehend and respond to globalization.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1

1 The United States and Hemispheric Defense 17

2 The Tourism Politics of Base Location in Bermuda 43

3 Working for Uncle Sam in Newfoundland 67

4 "You Can't Eat Dignity": Race and Labor in the British Caribbean 93

5 Building Bases on a Jim Crow Island 117

6 The American Occupation of Stephenville, Newfoundland 137

7 The Racial Politics of Criminal Jurisdiction 157

8 From Slavery to Chaguaramas 175

Conclusion: Stepping Stones to New Empires 199

Notes 205

Bibliography 271

Index 281

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