There’s a new book published in December 2017 about the US Virgin Islands! 📒
Special thanks to David and Priscilla Knight of Bajo el Sol Gallery for letting us know.
Here’s a quick review.
A century ago, one week before entering World War I, the United States purchased from Denmark a small group of islands in the Caribbean to prevent their possible takeover by Germany.
The US Virgin Islands
The new US territory, which had been known before as the Danish West Indies, became the Virgin Islands of the United States, and is now generally referred to as the US Virgin Islands, a well-known Caribbean tourist destination.
History of Race Relations
It begins with the Danish background, 1672 to 1917, during which the importation of enslaved Africans for labor laid the foundation of the present population, which is mainly black.
Changes Taking Place
However, the book’s main focus is on the changes that have taken place since the advent of US rule in 1917, particularly greater economic growth (largely through tourism) and greater racial and social separation.
About the Author
Marilyn F. Krigger, a retired history professor, is a black native and resident of the US Virgin Islands who has lived through most of the American century.
In anticipation of the 2017 centennial of American rule, she was inspired to add to her previous research and writing on American racial influences.
It covers the social, political, economic, and cultural life of the Virgin Islands.
By compiling this book, she hopes to appeal for greater morality and respect in human relations everywhere.
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