1. Statehood Countdown

Statehood Countdown #1 (Eisenhower)

August 21, 2009
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Go to beginning of countdown, #21 Made it through the countdown! In this final posting in the countdown, I wanted to draw your attention to a document that is easily accessible: Proclamation 3309, the official document declaring Hawaii a state. This is one of the documents that was received by the Secretary General of...

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Statehood Countdown #2 (Wilcox)

August 20, 2009
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With tomorrow being the end of our countdown, I unfortunately don’t have the time to reiterate the context of this correspondence between Asst. Secretary of State, International Organizations, Francis O. Wilcox to Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. This is simply further documentation to the assertion I made yesterday, as well as in previous...

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Statehood Countdown #3 (Hill)

August 19, 2009
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Three days to Statehood and it’s time for some self-promotion. Star-Bulletin article came out today , “5 Questions, 50 Answers,” in which Burl Burlingham sat me down on a virtual roundtable with some real luminaries like Gov. Ariyoshi, Federal Judge Sam King, DeSoto Brown, Victoria Kneubuhl, Rocky Jensen, Nanette Napoleon, Dan Boylan, Congresswoman Pat...

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Statehood Countdown #4 (Dulles)

August 18, 2009
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With four days left to this Statehood Countdown, I’ve posted a 1956 letter between the Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles to Senator Knowland. Following Sunday’s posting, Dulles is responding to correspondence Knowland sent him on the removal of Hawaii and Alaska from the list of non-self-governing territories. The context for Dulles’ response touches...

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Statehood Countdown #5 (1943 C.R.)

August 17, 2009
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Statehood Countdown #5 (1943 C.R.)

As part of our Statehood Countdown, I was going to post another document by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, following yesterday’s posting by Senator Knowland, however, as I was going through the Congressional Record (Nov. 12, 1943), I stumbled onto a little utterance by Senator Rolph: “The only objection to annexation came from...

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Statehood Countdown #6 (Knowland)

August 16, 2009
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With only 6 days left in Statehood Hawaii’s Statehood Countdown, I’m posting one of the seminal letters from which this research stemmed from. This is the initial correspondence between Senator Knowland, who at this time was the House minority leader in the Senate to Francis O. Wilcox, the Assistant Secretary of State for International...

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Statehood Countdown #7 (Morton)

August 15, 2009
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After yesterday’s overwhelming posting which I’ll be working on well beyond the statehood countdown, Statehood Countdown #7, is more of a recap of what we have seen before regarding the State Department’s position on statehood. This time, we are looking at a draft letter, never sent, between Thurston Morton, Assistant Secretary of State, International...

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Statehood Countdown #8 (Fressinet)

August 14, 2009
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Continuing with #8 of our Statehood Countdown, I’ve posted the 1949 correspondence between Andre Fressinet, the General-Secretary of the International Union of Seamen, Fishermen, Rivermen, and Dock Workers and also linked to a lengthy response and analysis by Louis Goldblatt, the Secretery-Treasurer of the ILWU in which he discussed the 1949, 178-day Longshoreman’s strike...

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Statehood Countdown #9 (Quinn)

August 13, 2009
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Continuing our Statehood Hawaiiʻs “Statehood Countdown,” weʻre looking at a Memorandum of Conversation between Governor William Quinn of Hawaii, David Bane, Deputy Director, Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, State Department, and Ambassador Munro from New Zealand. Although this memo is fairly short, there are several remarkable things about this correspondence. First, though I should...

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Statehood Countdown #10 (Midkiff)

August 12, 2009
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Continuing Statehood Hawaii’s “Statehood Countdown,” weʻre looking at correspondence from 1950 between Hawaii’s Frank E. Midkiff and Senator Bill Knowland, (R. CA). Frank E. Midkiff was an educator and businessman who was a very prominent and influential community leader in Hawaii. Among many of his titles and community obligations, he was president of Kamehameha...

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Statehood Countdown #11 (Engle)

August 11, 2009
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At our Statehood Countdown halfway point, weʻre looking at correspondence from 1956 between Claire Engle, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, House of Representatives and Robert C. Hill, Assistant Secretary for the Secretary of State. This document reaffirms the State Department policy that Statehood would “strengthen the United States position in the United Nations...

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Statehood Countdown #12 (Fairley)

August 10, 2009
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Continuing week two of Statehood Hawaii’s “Statehood Countdown,” weʻre looking at correspondence from 1954 between Lincoln Fairley, Research Director of the ILWU and Jack Hall, Regional Director of the ILWU, Local 142 in Hawaii. Besides the momentary lapse of support for statehood by the ILWU, this document describes the Puerto Rican commonwealth and what...

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