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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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We Depend on Others Too Much

We Depend on Others Too Much

Garveyism and Labor Radicalism in the Caribbean Basin

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Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882–1923

Frederick Douglass Opie

University Press of Florida

This chapter investigates the organization of the black Caribbean coast under the influence of Garveyism. Starting in the 1920s, Marcus Garvey's followers founded local branches of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in the United States, Jamaica, and Central America. The UNIA played an important role in uniting black migrant workers from various cultures and societies together, fostering solidarity and confidence within an organizational infrastructure that enabled them to mobilize against their employers in ways that Garvey himself might have discouraged.

Keywords:   labor radicalism, black migrant workers, Marcus Garvey, Universal Negro Improvement Association, Garveyism

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