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Civilian Government and Politics (the 1930s)

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/9780520251311.003.0011
Civilian Government and Politics (the 1930s)

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Three tragedies assailed Adams in the early 1930s. Economic stagnation gripped the islands in the wake of the navy's departure, proving one positive contribution of the naval administration. While an ardent navy supporter, Adams worked effectively with the islands' new civilian governor, Paul M. Pearson, and came to admire Pearson's leadership and economic initiatives. This chapter talks extensively about two Pearson projects: Bluebeard Castle Hotel and the draining of “Mosquito Bay.” Conflicts with the appointed assistant to the governor resulted in a series of investigations that resulted in considerable political damage to Pearson. When the islands' legislature proclaimed the Virgin Islands a refuge for those, especially Jews, fleeing deteriorating conditions in Europe as World War II approached, Ickes championed the humanitarian idea in Washington. Here the tradition of tolerance and openness that Adams claimed for the Virgin Islands seemed at work, leading the United States as a whole in a more compassionate and humanitarian direction.

Keywords: Bluebeard Castle Hotel; Mosquito Bay; political damage; conflicts; tolerance; Virgin Islands

Chapter.  21439 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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