Colonial Constitutionalism: The Tyranny of United States' Offshore Territorial Policy and Relations

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Political Science - 159 pages
Colonial Constitutionalism exposes one of the great failures of American democracy. It posits that the creation of a U.S. 'empire' over the last century violated the basis of American constitutionalism through its failure to fully admit annexed offshore territories into the Union. The book's focused case studies analyze each of America's quasi-colonies, revealing how the perpetuation of a this 'imperialist' strategy has rendered the inhabitants second class citizens. E. Robert Statham, Jr.'s work emphasizes the pressing need--in the face of increasingly strident calls for sovereign independence from America's offshore territories--for a modern American republic, fundamentally incompatible with imperialism and colonialism, to grant full U.S. statehood to its overseas possessions.

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Introduction Confronting the Tyranny of US Territorial ExtraConstitutionalism The Hyperextension of the Extended American Republic
The US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Pragmatism and the Empty Promise of Confederal Autonomy in the American Federal Republic
The United States vs the US Virgin Islands The Purchase of the Danish West Indies and Their Inhabitants
US Citizenship Policy in the Territory of Guam The Making of One Out of Many or Many Out of One?
The Unincorporated Unorganized US Territory of American Samoa Samoan Traditionalism FaaSamoa vs American Constitutionalism
The ConfederalFederal US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands A Paradox of Independent Dependency
The FreelyAssociated States of Micronesia Pragmatism vs Principle in US Foreign Policy
Conclusion SelfDetermination Self Government and the Definition of Political Status in the US Offshore Territories A Quest for Justice
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E. Robert Statham, Jr. is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Guam.

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