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Black labor migration in caribbean guatemala, 1882-1923

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Opie,Frederick Douglass (Author)
Format:
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
2012
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9780813044422
Published:
Gainesville: University Pr Of Florida
ISBN:
0813044421
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
History, Race relations, African Americans, Guatemala, Central America, Foreign workers
Notes:
145 p, The Guatemalan government sought to build an extensive railroad system in the 1880s, and actively recruited foreign labor. For poor workers of African descent, immigrating to Guatemala was seen as an opportunity to improve their lives and escape from the racism of the Jim Crow U.S. South and the French and British colonial Caribbean. Using primary and secondary sources as well as ethnographic data, Opie details the struggles of these workers who were ultimately inspired to organize by the ideas of Marcus Garvey. Regularly suffering class- and race-based attacks and persecution, black laborers frequently met such attacks with resistance. Their leverage--being able to shut down the railroad--was crucially important to the revolutionary movements in 1897 and 1920.