Study Guide: Research and Reflect on Guam’s Quest for Self-Determination 3
Research and Reflect on Guam’s Quest for Self-Determination
Political Science, Civics, Government, World History, Guam History, Chamorro Studies
High School, College
Research/Inquiry 20 – 40 Minutes
Reflection 60 – 120 Minutes
Access to guampedia.com and a computer
Note: Reflection papers can be emailed to instructor to remain paperless
The United States began its colonial administration of Guam in 1898. Today, more than 100 years later, Guam remains a colony of the US as an unincorporated territory. Because of this colonial status, the island and its people lack full self-government and guaranteed civil rights afforded to other US citizens.
Organic Act of Guam (1950)
The passage of the Organic Act of Guam created a civil, or non-military, government for the island, thus ending the Naval Era. With the establishment of a civilian government and congressional US citizenship for the people of Guam through the Organic Act, the President of the United States selected the individuals, usually along party lines, who would serve as the territorial governor.
Independent or Group viewing of Lazaro Quinata’s documentary on Guam’s Quest for Self-determination on guampedia.com (run time: 8:00 minutes)
Read aloud designated entries on guampedia.com
- Organic Act of Guam
- Speaker Francisco B. Leon Guerrero
- Speaker Carlos P. Taitano
- Congressman Antonio B. Won Pat
III. Reflection Questions
Students assigned to write a 2-3 page paper based on the reflection questions posed. Encourage students to think critically, to hasso and use their imaginations and share their voices. Questions can be specific to the particular exercise or general to the project.
- What did the Organic Act do for the people of Guam?
- Discuss the positive and negatives effects of the Organic Act for the Chamorro people.