The Island Edge of America: A Political History of Hawaii
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370pp. February 2003
The Island Edge of America: A Political History of Hawaii
Author: Coffman, Tom;
Winner, 2004 Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Writing Nonfiction

In his most challenging work to date, journalist and author Tom Coffman offers readers a new and much-needed political narrative of twentieth-century Hawaii. The Island Edge of America reinterprets the major events leading up to and following statehood in 1959: U.S. annexation of the Hawaiian kingdom, the wartime crisis of the Japanese-American community, postwar labor organization, the Cold War, the development of Hawaii's legendary Democratic Party, the rise of native Hawaiian nationalism. His account weaves together the threads of multicultural and transnational forces that have shaped the Islands for more than a century, looking beyond the Hawaii carefully packaged for the tourist to the Hawaii of complex and conflicting identities--independent kingdom, overseas colony, U.S. state, indigenous nation--a wonderfully rich, diverse, and at times troubled place.

With a sure grasp of political history and culture based on decades of firsthand archival research, Tom Coffman takes Hawaii's story into the twentieth century and in the process sheds new light on America's island edge.

"Highly recommended" --Choice, November 2003

"Coffman's book is a major work that charts important new historical territory while offering fresh interpretive insights. No serious student of modern Hawaii can afford to ignore it." --American Historical Review, April 2004

Author: Coffman, Tom;
Tom Coffman is the author of Catch a Wave: A Case Study of Hawaii's New Politics and the award-winning Nation Within: The Story of America's Annexation of the Nation of Hawaii.
Read chapter 1 (PDF).
Preface

Acknowledgments

Timeline

Chapter 1 The Edge

Chapter 2 The Tensions of Annexation

Chapter 3 The Japanese Migration

Chapter 4 Prewar Change

Chapter 5 When Time Began

Chapter 6 The ESC and the Modern Democratic Party

Chapter 7 The Island Democratic Party

Chapter 8 A State Like No Other

Chapter 9 In the Middle

Chapter 10 The First Japanese American Governor

Chapter 11 Special Place

Chapter 12 The Pacific and Asia

Chapter 13 Native Hawaiians in the New Hawai‘i

Chapter 14 Democratic Reinventions: Status Quo and Change

Chapter 15 Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index




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