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Destiny's LandfallA History of Guam, Revised Edition$
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Robert F. Rogers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833343

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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Unfinished Quests 1980–1990

Unfinished Quests 1980–1990

(p.243) Chapter 15 Unfinished Quests 1980–1990
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts the formal quest launched by the people and government of Guam for a new political status. Guam’s quest for a new political status stumbled off to a hesitant start in January 1982, when the first official referendum was held to determine which status the people of Guam desired. For over ten years, the pursuit of the phantom of political self-determination would be a major priority of the island’s governments. But other events would intervene to complicate matters in Guam during this decade: strikes, scandals in the government, the breakdown of civil institutions such as the local police, power shortages, gubernatorial elections, among many others.

Keywords:   Guam politics, self-government, self-determination, political issues, power shortages, Guam economy

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