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Making the Empire WorkLabor and United States Imperialism$
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Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871254

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871254.001.0001

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Home Land (In)security

Home Land (In)security

The Labor of U.S. Cold War Military Empire in the Marshall Islands

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Making the Empire Work

Lauren Hirshberg

NYU Press

This concluding chapter analyzes the labor histories of United States and Marshallese workers who have contributed to the U.S. Cold War mission, specifically exploring the production of a new Marshallese home on Ebeye, which evolved to become the most densely populated space in the Pacific. As Kwajalein's row housing, ballparks, and swimming pools offered U.S. workers and their families a portrait of security amid a broader context of Cold War risks, residential life for Marshallese workers on Ebeye proved increasingly insecure. In this regard, the chapter reveals how local manifestations of the U.S. Cold War national security project spurred new spaces of insecurity for Marshallese colonial subjects and workers.

Keywords:   Marshallese workers, Marshallese home, Kwajalein, Cold War, Marshallese colonial subjects

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