By Jason C. Parker
In 1962, amidst the Cuban Revolution, 3rd international decolonization, and the African American freedom circulate, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago turned the 1st British West Indian colonies to achieve independence. those weren't merely the 1st new countries within the western hemisphere in additional than fifty years; in addition they received their independence with no the bloodshed that marked a lot of the decolonization fight somewhere else. Jason Parker's overseas background of the peaceable transition in those islands analyzes the jobs of the us, Britain, the West Indies, and the transnational African diaspora within the technique, from its Nineteen Thirties stirrings to its chilly battle end result. Grounded in exhaustive learn carried out in seven international locations, Brother's Keeper deals an unique rethinking of the connection among the chilly warfare and 3rd global decolonization.
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66 Like that document, the Deal took little account of opinion in the affected territories. Once again, West Indians’ future had been decided over their heads. Roosevelt proclaimed “the most important . . reinforcement of our national defense . . since the Louisiana Purchase,” while Churchill, though aware that Britain had gotten the short end of the deal, took comfort in the warships and more importantly in the ways in which the Caribbean abetted the “mix[ing] up together” of Anglo-American affairs.
The story is not strictly an “east–west” problem of war, power, and empire, but also a “north–south” phenomenon of race, nation, and freedom, with ramiﬁcations all around the compass—and one whose relatively peaceful, relatively successful outcome was far from inevitable. 1 The West Indian Watershed In 1928, the United States Navy drew up war plans for an imagined conﬂict with Great Britain. 1 Nor were the islands purely a strategic prize. Since the 1920s, some Americans had called for Britain to hand over its western hemisphere possessions as payment for World War I debts.
11 The West Indian Watershed 19 Blacks in the hemisphere sustained an impassioned interest in the global dimensions of racial and colonial oppression. White-supremacist imperial rule came under searing attack by black voices in the United States, including by many West Indians. Indeed, those of Caribbean origins ﬁgure so prominently in black radicalism that it is impossible to envision it without them; Garvey is far from the only example. S. was remarkable in . . three important respects. First, it was out of proportion to the group’s numerical weight within the black population.