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Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882–1923

Frederick Douglass Opie


In the late 19th century, many Central American governments and countries sought to fill low-paying jobs and develop their economies by recruiting black American and West Indian laborers. This book offers a revisionist interpretation of these workers, who were often depicted as simple victims with little, if any, enduring legacy. 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 ... More

Keywords: persecution, West Indian laborers, Guatemalan government, railroad system, Marcus Garvey, revolutionary movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033716
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick Douglass Opie, author
Marist College