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Fighting in ParadiseLabor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835026

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835026.001.0001

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Toward Statehood

Toward Statehood

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(p.313) Chapter 17 Toward Statehood
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Fighting in Paradise
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Gerald Horne

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835026.003.0018

This chapter describes events that occurred before and after Hawaii's statehood. These include the reversal of the Smith Act convictions, which was another setback for their anticommunist antagonists; the contentious negotiations between employers and the International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), which represented sugar workers; the Sugar Strike of 1958; decline of the left-wing and mainstream press; the rise in tourist spending; the ILWU's engagement was with Cuba; the increase in profound regret at the prospect of Hawaii statehood; the long-term trend of reduction of the number of sugar workers after statehood; Frank Marshall Davis' continued crusade against racism in Hawaii.

Keywords:   Hawaii, statehood, anticommunists, Smith Act, International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union, ILWU, sugar workers, labor unions

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