WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.The United States gained control of Guantanamo Bay in 1903. Since that date it’s served a variety of purposes. It’s also seen its share of hunger strikes. Paul Kramer, a professor of history at Vanderbilt University and author of ‘The Blood of Government,’ wrote about the history of Guantanamo in a recent article for The New Yorker. He explains how the prior 9/11 use of the base has shaped its current role as as prison for detainees of the U.S. war on terror. (Photo: AP Images).