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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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Revolvers, Shotguns, Machetes, and Clubs

Revolvers, Shotguns, Machetes, and Clubs

The Strikes of 1909–1919

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Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882–1923

Frederick Douglass Opie

University Press of Florida

This chapter argues that despite their differences, black and Latin American workers from diverse backgrounds managed to unite against their racist bosses in order to agitate for better work conditions. It looks at a series of strikes from the period 1909-19 in detail, showing how workers banded together across ethnic and national lines in a united effort to improve the quality of their lives. It challenges the depiction of the coastal workforce, often found in scholarly works, as hopelessly divided along ethnic and cultural lines, and as completely passive in the face of company domination.

Keywords:   Latin American workers, black workers, racism, strikes, coastal workforce, labor mobilization

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