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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 University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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The Quest for Identity 1918–1941

The Quest for Identity 1918–1941

(p.135) Chapter 9 The Quest for Identity 1918–1941
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at the political conditions in Guam after World War I, as well as the brewing tensions between the United States and Japan that would eventually escalate to World War II. Among the many historical developments during this period, the island notably saw a drive for American citizenship by Governor Willis W. Bradley, Jr., the consequences of the Great Depression, and the external politics that would herald the outbreak of World War II. Yet over the sweep of Guam’s long history, American government of the island for the forty years prior to World War II can be judged to have been as much of a failure as that of the Spaniards, who made no pretense of trying to improve political and economic conditions on the island.

Keywords:   World War I, World War II, United States, Japan, Great Depression, American citizenship, political conditions, economic conditions

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