The Cold War period is known as a period of decolonization. However, the United States not only kept some of its overseas holdings without fully incorporating them in the federal structure (Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa), it also maintains a large number of small Pacific islands and some 800 overseas military bases all over the world (such as Guantánamo Bay in Cuba). The United States still is an empire in the traditional, territorial sense without really acknowledging the fact.
In Wednesday’s Cold War Spaces interview with Daniel Immerwahr, author of the magnificent How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (2019), Joes Segal of the Wende Museum will talk with Immerwahr about this hidden empire during the Cold War years and beyond; American territories without American legal rights and protections that contributed and still contribute to the assertion of structural racism.
Wednesday, August 26, 12 p.m. Pacific Time: Daniel Immerwahr – “Colonial Space: Beyond the Logo Map.”