Until recently, historians have defined the Commonwealth Caribbean territories by their relationship with Britian and have attributed little importance to American relations with these territories. Fraser provides a reinterpretation of U.S. policy toward the West Indies since 1940. He establishes links between Afro-West Indian groups and African Americans who successfully influenced both American and British policy in the West Indies. Thus, he explores a little-understood and little-studied aspect of American policy toward Britain's disengagement from empire after 1945 and the way decolonization in the Caribbean helped to shape the pattern and strategy of the Anglo-American relationship from Roosevelt to Kennedy. The book will force a rethinking of American policy toward the West Indies since 1940, the impact of race on American foreign policy, and the historiography of inter-American relations.
About the Author
CARY FRASER is Visiting Fellow at the Princeton Center for International Studies and has written articles on American policy toward decolonization.
Table of Contents
Colonialism and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Crisis of Colonial Rule in the Caribbean
From the Bases-for-Destroyers Deal to the Caribbean Commission
Imperial Reassertion, American Disengagement, and the Evolving Nationalist Challenge, 1945-52
From British Guiana to Chaguaramas: The American Response to West Indian Nationalism and British Disengagement, 1953-61
American Policy toward British Guiana, 1957-64: Setting the Limits on West Indian Nationalism