Pacific Dependencies

Archive Report

Steps Toward Self-Rule in Dependencies

First Steps toward the goal of self-rule for Guam, American Samoa, and those islands of the Pacific which became United States dependencies after World War II are now under way at Washington. A civilian governor for Guam was named by President Truman, Sept. 3;1 administration of the island will be transferred to a civilian agency (the Department of the Interior) on July 1, 1950, after more than half a century of Navy rule.2 Interior and the Navy have been directed by the President to prepare for similar transfers of administration in American Samoa and the Pacific islands under United States trusteeship “within two or three years.” The target date for civilian control in these islands is July 1, 1951.

“To develop ...

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