Cold War in a Hot Zone: The United States Confronts Labor by Gerald C Horne

By Gerald C Horne

Serious about the zone as a complete and drawing from documents in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana, St. Kitts, Antigua, the U.S. and U.K., this e-book info the region's impression at the U.S. (particularly  on Jim Crow), because it charts the British Empire's retreat within the face of a problem from Washington.

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Such a policy was guaranteed to foment enmity between the lighter- and darker-skinned of Jamaica, which may not have been an unintended consequence since this color conflict proved to be a major barrier to independence. ”38 But if this dream were to become reality, those who heretofore had been viewed as so many labor units would have to organize, which is why the JPL placed so much emphasis on assistance to ordinary workers. External assistance from the likes of the JPL was one reason why otherwise poverty-stricken labor in the former British West Indies was able to make such gains.

The governor of the island, Sir Edward Denham, notorious for his ruthless crushing of a seamen’s strike in Gambia, transferred this approach to Jamaica. 9 As so often happened in the region, a contagion was spreading, this time from Trinidad. ”10 The League of Coloured Peoples in London captured this tense moment in May 1938 when they met with high-level London officials. ” There were intensely “low rates of wages 32 CHAPTER TWO in Trelawney” that was like kindling just waiting to be ignited. 11 London had a problem.

There were a “large number of organizations” in the T H E L A B O R O F WA R 43 United States “and to a limited extent in South America, which, to a greater or lesser degree, maintain contacts in all or some of the islands,” and it was “obvious” that “subversive purposes” were on their agenda. ” There was grave concern that radical labor in the region—which was intertwined with the movement for sovereignty—could impact the “construction of the Caribbean naval and air bases,” whose importance was increasing with every passing day.

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