The Pacific Insular Case of American Sāmoa

Land Rights and Law in Unincorporated US Territories

  • Line-Noue Memea Kruse

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Line-Noue Memea Kruse
    Pages 1-3
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    Pages 5-22
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    Pages 23-47
  5. Line-Noue Memea Kruse
    Pages 49-63
  6. Line-Noue Memea Kruse
    Pages 65-104
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    Pages 105-133
  8. Line-Noue Memea Kruse
    Pages 135-158
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    Pages 159-172
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    Pages 173-191
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    Pages 193-197
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 199-211

About this book


This book is a researched study of land issues in American Sāmoa that analyzes the impact of U.S. colonialism and empire building in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carefully tracing changes in land laws up to the present, this volume also draws on a careful examination of legal traditions, administrative decisions, court cases and rising tensions between indigenous customary land tenure practices in American Sāmoa and Western notions of individual private ownership. It also highlights how unusual the status of American Sāmoa is in its relationship with the U.S., namely as the only “unincorporated” and “unorganized” overseas territory, and aims to expand the U.S. empire-building scholarship to include and recognize American Sāmoa into the vernacular of Americanization projects. 


American Samoa Land Possession U.S. Territory Law Indigenous Land Law Comparative Law Americanization land issues Samoa land tenure practices private ownership

Authors and affiliations

  • Line-Noue Memea Kruse
    • 1
  1. 1.Brigham Young University–Hawai’iLa’ieUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69970-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69971-4
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