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Race and Class in the Colonial Bahamas, 1880-1960$
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Gail Saunders

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062549

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062549.001.0001

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World War II and the 1942 Nassau Riot

World War II and the 1942 Nassau Riot

6 World War II and the 1942 Nassau Riot
Race and Class in the Colonial Bahamas, 1880-1960

Gail Saunders

University Press of Florida

Chapter 6 describes key events that affected the racial divide in the Bahamas between1940 and 1945. During World War II, the Bahamas assumed strategic importance as an antisubmarine and aircraft staging base, and New Providence became an important training ground for aircrews. Sponging, a major industry for the islands, collapsed in 1939, which put many Bahamians, especially black men, out of a job. Tourism, other major industry, experienced an increase in stopover visitors and winter residents. Former King-Emperor Edward, Duke of Windsor and governor of the Bahamas between 1940 and 1945, was abroad when the Nassau Riot occurred in June 1942. Returning to Nassau, he increased the military, introduced a curfew, met with black leaders, and personally made a broadcast urging laborers to return to work. Racial tension, an underlying cause of the riot, increased. Even so, the secret ballot was made permanent in New Providence in 1944, and in 1946 it was extended to the Out Islands, making voting more racially inclusive. By contrast, the Duke of Windsor brokered a labor program with the Unites States government called “The Project,” which, while being an economic boost to many Bahamians, further exposed black workers to Jim Crow segregation in the American south and exacerbated racial tensions at home. At the same time, Nassau was developing into an important off-shore banking center, but whites obtained the best jobs while most nonwhites were placed in menial ones.

Keywords:   1942 Riot, submarine, aircraft, strategic importance, World War II, sponging, tourism, Duke of Windsor, racial tension, Jim Crow, banking

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