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Cultures of CommemorationThe Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands$
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Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835460

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835460.001.0001

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The War’s Aftermath

The War’s Aftermath

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(p.59) Chapter 3 The War’s Aftermath
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Cultures of Commemoration
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Keith L. Camacho

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835460.003.0004

This chapter examines how the concepts of loyalty and liberation functioned in the aftermath of World War II in the Mariana Islands, along with the issue of the United States' “rehabilitation” project in the archipelago in the context of the emerging Cold War. It considers American postwar expansionist policies in the Pacific, the displacement of village populations in Guam, and the establishment of an American internment compound for civilians in Camp Susupe, Saipan, among other examples of American rehabilitation efforts. The chapter shows how the American rehabilitation project, like the war itself, affected Chamorros' perceptions of themselves and of their colonial “others” as well as their responses to American notions of loyalty and liberation. It suggests that both the war and the postwar rehabilitation era later served as key historical markers for the commemoration of World War II in the Mariana Islands.

Keywords:   loyalty, liberation, World War II, Mariana Islands, United States, Cold War, Guam, Saipan, Chamorros, postwar rehabilitation

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