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We Fought the Navy and WonGuam's Quest for Democracy$
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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 Navy versus the Guamanians

The Navy versus the Guamanians

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(p.97) Chapter 8 The Navy versus the Guamanians
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We Fought the Navy and Won
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Doloris Coulter Cogan

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830892.003.0008

This chapter details the Navy's attempts to maintain control over the government of the Pacific islands and the response of Guamanians. For instance, in the fall of 1946, the Navy transported news reporters throughout the islands, expecting them to report favorably on naval administration. In September 1947 it tried to persuade the Guam Congress to tack onto a resolution requesting United States citizenship and an organic act a provision that would continue naval government until rehabilitation of the island was complete. For their part, Guam's leaders realized that they would have to more vocal, more activist than ever before in order to achieve self-government. This was asking a lot of people unaccustomed to confrontation and the democratic process, people who lived thousands of miles away from the center of their government. But the Guamanians were learning. And they had already demonstrated their willingness to fight for the ideals they believed in.

Keywords:   Guam, U.S. Navy, Pacific Islands, self-government, naval government, naval administration

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