The Americans Came
by Patricia Gill (9781592992294)

The Americans Came
 
Patricia Gill
Release Date: 31 August 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Inkwater Press
ISBN: 9781592992294
ISBN-10: 1592992293



STEPHEN MARKHAM, the younger son of a family of New England traders, returns home to the Danish West Indies after graduating from Harvard Law School in time to witness the transfer of the islands to American sovereignty. In 1917 German victories in the European war prompted the Americans to purchase the islands from Denmark to protect the newly completed Panama Canal. To avoid mistakes made in governance in Panama, the newly appointed Naval Administrator, Captain Warner, commandeers Stephen's legal help. Stephen soon finds that the law he has studied and sworn to uphold is often in conflict with local culture and tradition. When he falls in love with a playmate of his childhood, Alice Hansen, a young woman of mixed blood training to be a nurse, the reactions of his extended family extend from acceptance to violence. Due to Stephen's skill in handling local conflict, public health is much improved but passage of the Prohibition Amendment by the American Congress threatens the economic well-being of the rum-producing U.S. Virgin Islands. Problems engendered by race and class, new values versus old traditions, are transcended by the common need to survive in a rapidly changing world.

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