Eighteen. Practical Sovereignty: The Caribbean Region and the Rise of US Empire

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. Mary A. Renda MA chairs

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch18

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Renda, M. A. (2010) Practical Sovereignty: The Caribbean Region and the Rise of US Empire, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch18

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633

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Keywords:

  • practical sovereignty - The Caribbean Region and rise of US Empire;
  • Venezuela and the Olney Doctrine - United States, determination to preserve the Monroe Doctrine, Venezuela's boundary with British Guiana;
  • economic and cultural connections - Venezuelans' pragmatic diplomatic appeal to the Monroe Doctrine;
  • wealth in North America - at the heart of US empire's rise;
  • industrialists, bankers, engineers, and aspiring entrepreneurs - key roles in production of United States' seemingly “infinite resources”;
  • evolution of Cuban projects - independence, racial and class dynamics of Cuban society and implications for United States;
  • widespread resistance, for years - in fields, mines and mills of Caribbean region;
  • protest emphasizing pride in local culture - in opposition to pervasive racial denigration of Caribbean and Latin American peoples;
  • indigenism, idiom of resistance - and anti-imperial opposition flourishing in postwar context

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Venezuela and the Olney Doctrine

  • “In. nite Resources”

  • “Practically Sovereign”

  • “Its Fiat Is Law”

  • Practical Sovereignty

  • Conclusion

  • bibliography