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

By Gerald C Horne

Occupied with the area as a complete and drawing from information in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana, St. Kitts, Antigua, the U.S. and U.K., this ebook 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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22 Yet when the Colonial Office met with Hugh Clarke of Westmoreland, Jamaica, and an accompanying “solicitor of Montego Bay,” they heard a contrasting message. ” It was a “happy-go-lucky” community in which, in spite of bad housing and low wages, most people were contented. Now there was a real issue that was inevitably tied to the fate of their neighbors: “unemployment among students who had recently left secondary schools and were unable [as in] the past to get employment in America, Cuba or Panama” and, as a result, had plenty of time on their hands to stir up trouble.

Trinidadian official Tilbert St. 41 The feisty Butler routinely referred to other trade unionists as “crooks” and called the progressive John Rojas a “traitor; I told him so to his face. . ”42 In sum, Butler was idiosyncratic and not necessarily a force for union solidarity. He was not alone. ”43 This lack of uniqueness did not prevent Butler from coming under severe scrutiny by the authorities. ” Butler tended to “claim divine guidance”—then swiftly launch into “violent attacks upon the Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union .

Thus in Barbados, with “two hundred thousand population, only about six thousand are qualified to vote”—again, it was not added, that even these were disproportionately white. And, yes, Taussig too found this island nation “probably the most conservative” in the region. But these were not anthropologists or even disinterested political observers. They were men with a mission to assess security matters, and what they found was not comforting. 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.

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