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Brother's KeeperThe United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962$
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Jason C. Parker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332025.001.0001

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(p.161) Conclusion
Brother's Keeper

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Analyzes the generally constructive course of Anglo-American-Caribbean relations during decolonization. Among the factors explaining this were the pattern of U.S. deferral to British and West Indian actors` on virtually all issues save U.S. pursuit of national-security assets; the fact that with few exceptions, U.S., British, and West Indian interests overlapped; the role played by a gifted West Indian leadership that could tap the resources of black America. These also enabled relations to overcome the West Indies Federation's demise. That demise that showed the limits of transnational race-based solidarity, even as it suggested the importance of non-Spanish-speaking territories in inter-American Cold War diplomacy. It also suggests that although the Cold War could warp the local dynamics of decolonization, the latter were longer-standing and often more important in shaping the end of European empire in the Third World.

Keywords:   U.S. foreign relations, British West Indies, West Indies Federation, Caribbean, Cold War, decolonization, African Diaspora, African Americans, Jamaica, Trinidad, race, Harlem, bauxite, bases, inter-American relations

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