Caliban and the Yankees: Trinidad and the United States occupation

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University of North Carolina Press, 2007 - Political Science - 274 pages
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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Contents

Introduction A Brave New World i
1
Shaking Empire Making Nation
19
Assessing the United States
51
Copyright

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Harvey R. Neptune is assistant professor of history at Temple University.

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