decolonization, Micronesia, Guam, Mormon, self-determination, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Pacific War, World War II
Mormons, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have a distinguished history of service in the U.S. government. During a forty-year period following World War II, Mormon politicians played vital roles in transitioning several islands in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands from a quasi-colonial status into the self-governing Federated States of Micronesia. This article briefly traces the complicated transition through the public service of four key Mormon administrators: Elbert D. Thomas, John A. Carver Jr., Stewart L. Udall, and Morris K. Udall. They served respectively as first civilian high commissioner of the Trust Territory, Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and chair of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee with oversight for the Pacific.
Original Publication Citation
Jensen, Devan. Micronesia's Coming of Age: The Mormon Role in Returning Micronesia to Self-Rule. Pacific Asia Inquiry 7, no. 1 (Fall 2016): 43–62
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jensen, Devan, "Micronesia's Coming of Age: The Mormon Role in Returning Micronesia to Self-Rule" (2016). Faculty Publications. 2069.
University of Guam
Church History and Doctrine
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