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We Fought the Navy and Won

Guam's Quest for Democracy

Dolores Coulter Cogan (author)

ISBN: 9780824830892

Publication Date: May 2008

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

A recollection of Guam's struggle to liberate itself from the absolutist rule of the US Navy. This book looks at the events surrounding Guam's elevation from possession to territory.
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We Fought the Navy and Won is a carefully documented yet impassioned recollection of Guam's struggle to liberate itself from the absolutist rule of the U.S. Navy. Doloris Cogan concentrates on five crucial years, 1945-1950, when, fresh out of journalism school, she had the good fortune to join the distinguished team of idealists at the newly formed Institute of Ethnic Affairs in Washington, D.C. Working as a writer/editor on the monthly Guam Echo under the leadership of the Institute's director, John Collier, Cogan witnessed and recorded the battle fought at the very top between Collier and Navy Secretary James V. Forrestal as the people of Guam petitioned the U.S. Congress for civilian government under a constitution. Taken up by newspapers throughout the country, this war of words illustrated how much freedom of the press plays in achieving and sustaining true democracy. Part of the story centers around a young Chamorro named Carlos Taitano, who returned home to Guam in 1948 after serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific. Taitano joined his colleagues in the lower house and walked out of the Guam Congress in 1949 to protest the naval governor, who had refused their right to subpoena an American businessman suspected of illegal activity. The walkout was the catalyst that introduced the Organic Act of Guam, which was signed into law by President Truman in 1950. "We Fought the Navy and Won" is the first detailed look at the events surrounding Guam's elevation from possession to territory.

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Insightful and well done. We Fought the Navy and Won will be an important contribution to the literature. - Dirk A. Ballendorf, University of Guam
Illustrations 47 illustrations, 4 maps
Pages 264
Date Published 30 May 2008
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Series Latitude 20 Book
Subject/s National liberation & independence, post-colonialism   Colonialism & imperialism   Political structures: democracy  
Doloris Coulter Cogan was appointed Pacific Islands Assistant in the Department of the Interior, where she worked until 1955. From 1965 to 1988 she was director of corporate communications for Fortune 500 companies. She is retired and lives in Indiana.

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