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Caliban and the Yankees: Trinidad and the United States Occupation

Harvey R. Neptune

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Paperback. 304 pages. Dimensions: 10.0in. x 7.8in. x 0.7in.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 islands history. The U. S. military occupation between 1941 and 1947 came at the same time that Trinidadian nationalist politics sought to project an image of a distinct, independent, and particularly un-British cultural landscape. The American intervention, Neptune shows, contributed to a tempestuous scene as Trinidadians deliberately engaged Yankee personnel, paychecks, and practices flooding the island. 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. Tracing the debates about change among ordinary and privileged Trinidadians, he argues that it was the poor, the women, and the youth who found the most utility in and moved most avidly to make something new out of the American presence. Neptune also places this history of Trinidads 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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781458718846

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Synopsis: 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. The U.S. military occupation between 1941 and 1947 came at the same time that Trinidadian nationalist politics sought to project an image of a distinct, independent, and particularly un-British cultural landscape. The American intervention, Neptune shows, contributed to a tempestuous scene as Trinidadians deliberately engaged Yankee personnel, paychecks, and practices flooding the island. 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. Tracing the debates about change among ordinary and privileged Trinidadians, he argues that it was the poor, the women, and the youth who found the most utility in and moved most avidly to make something new out of the American presence. 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.

Book Description: "This richly textured study of the forgotten American occupation of Trinidad during World War II packs a powerful wallop. Neptune's on-the-ground account of the ambiguities, contradictions, and multiple consequences of U.S. imperialism and American culture poses significant challenges to prevailing paradigms of inter-American relations and the process of 'Americanization,' elaborated by diplomatic historians and cultural studies scholars alike. Reading the fragmented official archive against the grain in the best tradition of subaltern studies and patching in insights from Trinidadian popular fiction, music, and visual culture, Caliban and the Yankees brims with new ideas for studying the American Century as it was lived in the interstices of empire."--Gil Joseph, Yale University

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