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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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Guam Assembly Walkout Spurs Congress

Guam Assembly Walkout Spurs Congress

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(p.132) Chapter 11 Guam Assembly Walkout Spurs Congress
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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/9780824830892.003.0011

This chapter presents the author's account of the walkout staged by the Guam Assembly on March 5, 1949, to protest what it believed was an attempt by the United States Navy to curtail its legislative authority. The walkout occurred after the Navy government refused to allow contempt warrants to be served on a civil service employee charged with refusing to answer questions of a congressional committee. Assemblyman Carlos Taitano said the Assembly would remain in adjournment until the U.S. Congress acts on a bill to give Guam organic and civil government. By the end of March, the Institute of Ethnic Affairs had the full story of the Guam Congress revolt, pieced together from various contacts. The story was printed in the March–April 1949 News Letter, which was widely distributed in Washington and Guam.

Keywords:   Guam Assembly, Guam, U.S. Congress, US Navy, legislative authority, organic civil government, contempt warrants, Institute of Ethnic Affairs, Carlos Taitano

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