The Newberry Library Labor History Seminar presents:
"Spaniards on the Silver Roll: Liminality and Labor Trouble in the Panama Canal Zone, 1904 to 1914"
This paper examines the history of the U.S. construction of the Panama
Canal, with a focus on one important group: the Spanish workers, numbering
in the thousands, who performed unskilled labor on the Canal. Spaniards
were by far the most likely workers to engage in strikes or riots, and
their labor militancy culminated in an anarchist movement that stretched
across the Isthmus during the autumn of 1911. Several factors combined to
encourage the Spanish workers' agitation: the government's policies of
racial segregation and the injustices Spaniards experienced working and
living in the Canal Zone as a result; the political and racial identities
they brought with them from Spain; their liminal status in the Canal Zone,
which derived from their shifting between empires and possessing a
remarkably fluid racial identity; and, finally, the ways these different
factors fueled their racial animosities.
The seminar format assumes that all participants have read the essay in advance, and that all those requesting a paper will attend the seminar. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend. When requesting a paper, please specify hard copy or e-mail attachment; we prefer the latter.
To be placed on the mailing list for notices of presentation dates and for further information, contact the Scholl Center for Family and Community History at the Newberry Library.
Scholl Center for Family and Community History
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Fax: 312-255-3696 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.newberry.org
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