Caliban and the Yankees: Trinidad and the United States Occupation / Edition 1

Caliban and the Yankees: Trinidad and the United States Occupation / Edition 1

by Harvey R. Neptune
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807857882

ISBN-13: 9780807857885

Pub. Date: 03/12/2007

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In a compelling story of the installation and operation of U.S. bases in the Caribbean colony of Trinidad during World War II, Harvey Neptune examines how the people of this British island contended with the colossal force of American empire-building at a critical time in the island's history.

The U.S. military occupation between 1941 and 1947 came at the same

Overview

In a compelling story of the installation and operation of U.S. bases in the Caribbean colony of Trinidad during World War II, Harvey Neptune examines how the people of this British island contended with the colossal force of American empire-building at a critical time in the island's history.

The U.S. military occupation between 1941 and 1947 came at the same time that Trinidadian nationalist politics sought to project an image of a distinct, independent, and particularly un-British cultural landscape.

The American intervention, Neptune shows, contributed to a tempestuous scene as Trinidadians deliberately engaged Yankee personnel, paychecks, and practices flooding the island. He explores the military-based economy, relationships between U.S. servicemen and Trinidadian women, and the influence of American culture on local music (especially calypso), fashion, labor practices, and everyday racial politics.

Tracing the debates about change among ordinary and privileged Trinidadians, he argues that it was the poor, the women, and the youth who found the most utility in and moved most avidly to make something new out of the American presence.

Neptune also places this history of Trinidad's modern times into a wider Caribbean and Latin American perspective, highlighting how Caribbean peoples sometimes wield "America" and "American ways" as part of their localized struggles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807857885
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/12/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction. A Brave New World
Chapter 1. The Turbulent Thirties: Shaking Empire, Making Nation
Chapter 2. The American Preoccupation: Assessing the United States before the War
Chapter 3. Laboring over the Yankee Dollar: Work in Occupied Trinidad
Chapter 4. From Barefooted Men to Saga Boys: Gender, Class, and Clothes in Occupied Trinidad
Chapter 5. Yankees in the Land of the Calypso: Promoting and Patronizing Trinidadian Nationality
Chapter 6. Love American Style: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Occupied Trinidad
Coda. Re-Membering Caliban and the Yankees: The Politics of History
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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