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HIS359 - February 15 - Puerto Rico.docx

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Melanie Newton

HIS359February 15Kristen Young Puerto RicoWith the idea of mass decolonization there is more US interest in the Caribbean With the withdrawal of the major powers Britain France and Dutch saw more US interest to replace the interest leavingWith the emergence of the Soviet Union as a communist state there was worry that communism would spread throughout the world and the US interest was also tied to the need to protect the Caribbean from the throes of communismThe UN established a committee of decolonization so that there would not be a single colonial power so that there would be mediation The US fought for their independence on the Puerto Rico situation They made it so that the UN would not have a significant role in decolonization as long as the US was a part of it They made it so that it was between the US and the nation that they were decolonizing The Puerto Rican case is interesting and unique because it was the first oneAcross the Caribbean there was a time of intense social upheaval in the 1930s The depression had major impacts on the Caribbean because a lot of them relied on emigration as a way to blunt social process It was a means of luring unemployment and getting rid of discontent It was social stability without reform But all the emigration outlets had been closed off because of changes to reform or because there were literally no jobs to go to In some cases states that had been major sources for Caribbean emigration passed legislation that stopped others from coming and in the case of Cuba deported past migrants The basic reality of there being no job to emigrate to anyway fed into a strong international socialist movement There was a network of people that came together during migration and then found themselves back to what they had left They were the catalyst for the mass labour unions They were the starting of political parties that would lead Caribbean nations into independence They also created regional labour movements Caribbean Labour Colonists were mainly from the British Caribbean Suriname and Puerto RicoIn 1952
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