Brother's Keeper: The United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962

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Oxford University Press, Apr 30, 2008 - History - 264 pages
In 1962, amidst the Cuban Revolution, Third World decolonization, and the African American freedom movement, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago became the first British West Indian colonies to gain independence. These were not only the first new nations in the western hemisphere in more than fifty years; they also won their independence without the bloodshed that marked so much of the decolonization struggle elsewhere. Jason Parker's international history of the peaceful transition in these islands analyzes the roles of the United States, Britain, the West Indies, and the transnational African diaspora in the process, from its 1930s stirrings to its Cold War culmination. Grounded in exhaustive research conducted in seven countries, Brother's Keeper offers an original rethinking of the relationship between the Cold War and Third World decolonization.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The West Indian Watershed
16
2 A More American Lake
40
3 A Chill in the Tropics
67
4 Building a Bulwark
93
5 The American Lake or the Castro Caribbean?
119
The Broken Bulwark
140
Conclusion
161
Notes
171
Bibliography
215
Index
235
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Jason C. Parker is Assistant Professor of History at Texas A & M University.

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