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Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882–1923$
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Frederick Douglass Opie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033716

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033716.001.0001

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Race Relations on the Early-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Frontier

Race Relations on the Early-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Frontier

(p.41) 3 Race Relations on the Early-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Frontier
Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882–1923

Frederick Douglass Opie

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses interethnic conflict among workers. It argues that a shift in the composition of the coastal workforce to include more Latin Americans, combined with strengthening anti-immigrant sentiment among Guatemalans and the passage of unfavorable anti-immigrant legislation, worked to exacerbate conflict among Latin American and black workers. At the same time, alcohol and gambling, rather than racist or nationalistic sentiments, proved the most important factors in causing violent conflict and divisions among Caribbean coast workers.

Keywords:   interethnic conflict, Latin Americans, anti-immigrant legislation, black workers, alcohol, gambling

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