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Islanders in the EmpireFilipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai'i$
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JoAnna Poblete

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038297

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038297.001.0001

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Conclusion Current Struggles against U.S. Colonialism and Empire

Conclusion Current Struggles against U.S. Colonialism and Empire

(p.163) Conclusion Current Struggles against U.S. Colonialism and Empire
Islanders in the Empire

JoAnna Poblete

University of Illinois Press

This book offers an alternative perspective to the standard narrative that views the history of labor in Hawaiian sugar plantations as an interesting sidebar to U.S. history, arguing that such a marginalization of the islands ignores the role of colonialism in the overall story of the nation. It also challenges the practice of distinguishing sharply between continental versus overseas U.S. expansionism, and especially the claim that the expansion of a nation to contiguous continental areas was a natural part of the development of a country. As it has demonstrated in this text, U.S imperialism manifested in the daily lives of Puerto Rican and Filipino laborers in Hawaiʻi. The book concludes with a discussion of two significant ways that U.S. colonialism still has an active influence on the daily lives of Puerto Ricans and Filipinos: the push for a change in Puerto Rico's temporary territorial relationship with the United States; and the quest for the return of the bells of Balangiga, taken as war booty in 1901 and currently displayed at a U.S. war memorial in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Keywords:   sugar plantations, U.S. expansionism, Puerto Rican laborers, Filipino laborers, Hawaiʻi, U.S. colonialism, Puerto Ricans, Filipinos, Puerto Rico, bells of Balangiga

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