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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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Connie Barrett Goes to Washington

Connie Barrett Goes to Washington

(p.143) Chapter 12 Connie Barrett Goes to Washington
We Fought the Navy and Won

Doloris Coulter Cogan

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Concepcion (Connie) Barrett's visit to Washington in the spring of 1949. Barrett was one of the first women elected to the Guam Assembly. At subcommittee hearing held on May 5, 1949, Barrett called for: (1) a government under law; (2) American citizenship; and (3) civilian administration. She felt that the passage of an organic act, such as the one under discussion that day, would accomplish this. Barrett also provided the subcommittee with a copy of the organic act passed by the Guam Assembly on March 5 and by the Guam Council on an earlier date. Both had given it unanimous approval and voted to send it on to the U.S. Congress. In conclusion, she invited the subcommittee to visit Guam and expressed the hope that organic legislation would be enacted without delay. The subcommittee spent over thirty minutes questioning her about the island economy, rehabilitation, land problems, banking, education, medical services, and shipping.

Keywords:   Concepcion Barrett, Guam Assembly, women politicians, organic act, congressional hearing, organic legislation

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