The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams

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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. 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 ...

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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. 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. 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.

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The publication, in full and integrated form, of the remarkable correspondence between these two eminent men is a notable event.

Dumas Malone,

New York Times Book Review

[This] is a correspondence that covers all topics; . . that reveals both of these statesmen and philosophers at their most felicitous.

Henry Steele Commager

A major treasure of national literature.

C. Vann Woodward, Key Reporter

Dumas Malone
American history offers no parallel to the friendship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, spanning the firs half century of the Republic....The publication, in full and integrated form, of the remarkable correspondence between these two eminent men is a notable event.
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The late Lester J. Cappon was director of the Institute of Early American History and Culture and editor-in-chief of the Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790.

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