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The Naval Administration (1917–1931)

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251311.003.0010
The Naval Administration (1917–1931)

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This chapter challenges criticisms of the naval administration and its governors and further asserts their positive accomplishments. Confronting totalizing arguments that represent the navy as an “army of occupation,” it discusses both the personal devotion and practical achievements of the naval governors with whom Adams worked. These achievements include extending and repairing roads, vastly improving health care, and comprehensively rebuilding the educational system, including opening the islands' first high school. The study denies that naval governors were racist and finds naval personnel as a whole to be dedicated to the welfare of the islands and their people. It also counters claims that the removal of the navy in 1931 was due to incompetence; rather political intrigue is blamed for the loss of confidence.

Keywords: naval administration; army of occupation; health care; practical achievements; welfare

Chapter.  5210 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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