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Doloris Coulter Cogan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830892

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830892.001.0001

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The Fight for Civilian Government

The Fight for Civilian Government

(p.69) Chapter 6 The Fight for Civilian Government
We Fought the Navy and Won

Doloris Coulter Cogan

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the support for civilian government for Guam and all Pacific islands. In an address before the Hawaiian Legislature on February 28, 1947, Interior Secretary Julius A. Krug said that “the native populations of Guam and American Samoa have made great progress under naval administration. But now they are ready for the next step in the American tradition, which is civil political administration, responsible to the people who are governed.” Back in Washington, on March 7, he testified before the House Public Lands Committee, saying that he was “very certain” that a greater degree of self-rule for the Pacific islands was desirable. On this same day the proposed trusteeship agreement covering most of the islands of Micronesia was put before the Security Council, where the United States could exercise a veto, instead of the General Assembly, where issues would be decided by majority vote. On March 24, 1947, Representative Norris Poulson (R., Calif.) introduced H.R. 2753, proposing U.S. citizenship and an organic act for the people of Guam. On April 9, an identical bill, S. 1078, was introduced by Hugh A. Butler (R., Nebr.) in the Senate.

Keywords:   Interior Secretary Julius A. Krug, Guam, civilian government, Pacific Islands, Norris Poulson, Hugh A. Butler, U.N. Security Council

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