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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 34–56.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Joan Flores-Villalobos This essay explores the archival presence of West Indian women in the archives of the Isthmian Canal Commission, the biggest repository of original documents regarding the construction of the Panama Canal. Using a 1909 photograph of a nude black West Indian woman found...
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Figure 3 “Typical home of West Indian laborer, Golden Green,” Panama Canal Zone, ca. 1908. Photograph by Ernest Hallen. National Archives and Records Administration Still Pictures Department. More
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Figure 5 Untitled photograph, 1910, Tabernilla, Panama Canal Zone; 5 × 7 in. Photographer unknown. Records of the Panama Canal, National Archives at College Park, MD. National Archives and Records Administration. More
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Figure 2 “Teatime in the private residence of Division Engineer Col. Gaillard and his wife,” Panama Canal Zone, ca. 1908. Photograph by Ernest Hallen (official photographer of the Isthmian Canal Commission). National Archives and Records Administration Still Pictures Department. More
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 164–166.
Published: 01 July 2019
... -V illalobos earned her PhD from New York University and is now an assistant professor of history at The Ohio State University. Her book manuscript, “The Silver Women: Intimacy and Migration in the Panama Canal,” explores the labor migration of West Indian women during the Panama Canal construction...
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Figure 4 Anonymous, “GIRL—for cocking and general housework,” 1922, newspaper clipping on paper, 8.5 × 11 in. Records of the Panama Canal, National Archives at College Park, MD. National Archives and Records Administration. More
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 37–54.
Published: 01 March 2015
... the family for the Panama Canal Zone. Much like the small boy in “Tropic Death,” the last story in the eponymous collection, Walrond, his mother, and his siblings found themselves destitute and by 1911 left for the Canal Zone to reunite with William. By the time Walrond migrated to the United States in 1918...
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Figure 1 F. E. Wright, “The Washing Place at Taboga,” 1913, watercolor. From Willis John Abbot, Panama and the Canal in Picture and Prose (New York: Syndicate, 1913). More
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 7–21.
Published: 01 March 2014
..., Vincentians, St. Lucians) lived in Trinidad. British West Indians in the Republic of Panama totaled 23,000, with another 11,000 in the adjacent Canal Zone; British West Indians in Cuba numbered 28,000. The 11,000 British West Indies–born residents of Costa Rica just outnumbered the 10,000 British West Indian...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 244–246.
Published: 01 November 2013
... popular fiction, literatures of the African diaspora, cultural studies, and narratives of migration. She is the author of “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration (2005) and articles published in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. K aiama L. G lover is an associate...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2019
... to the interests of the United States, and in particular to the development of the Panama Canal, Haiti was situated in reference to Caribbean affairs external to the interests of the British Empire. The representation of the commemorations and Haitian history was, then, deployed in the Times to understand...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 175–186.
Published: 01 July 2020
... helped to foster—and resultant secession from Colombia in 1903 (54, 87–88). The spoil of this machination was the Panama Canal. Alongside war, racial hierarchy is endemic in racial capitalism insofar as it arranges and violently includes nations and peoples in the international order. Hierarchy...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 February 2006
... of the organization was signifi cant in those countries where British Caribbean islanders had gone in search of work, from the Panama Canal and railroads and banana plantations in Central America to the sugar centraless in the Dominican Republic and Cuba Th e latter country emerged as one of the more fertile...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 1–15.
Published: 01 July 2021
... and industry. However, strong opposition from the American government, based primarily on US national security concerns (the risk of German spies passing for refugees and Haiti’s proximity to the Panama Canal, a geostrategic and economic asset) and the assumption of cultural incommensurability between Haitians...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 50–70.
Published: 01 March 2013
... with the tide in what was the second of three main waves of emigration that began after the turn of the century, when the Panama Canal project was revived by the United States, in 1904, and banana cultivation in Costa Rica rapidly expanded. The third wave was the one that took approximately one hundred thousand...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 143–165.
Published: 01 November 2012
... to do what these women would end up doing: domestic work. While others from Guadeloupe were going to the Panama Canal in search of economic opportunities, or were going to New York seeking families to work for (as was probably the case for the women in the photographs...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 56–67.
Published: 01 November 2018
... in the circum-Caribbean in this period, as recent work on the strategies of Caribbean workers in Panama in the 1910s has argued. Thus Risa L. Fausette, in a compelling discussion of the activism of Caribbean dockworkers during the Isthmian dock strike in 1919, posits that this strike “revealed the boundaries...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 95–115.
Published: 01 March 2003
.... Economic migration within the Caribbean region and to the North (United States, Britain, and Canada) is not a new phenomenon. From the building of the Panama Canal to migration to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, small islands like St. Lucia and St. Kitts, western Europe (especially Britain), and North...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 61–83.
Published: 01 September 2004
... was strategically impor- tant for the U.S. government s defense against possible European aggression against the Panama Canal and the U.S. mainland Indeed, military bases occupy prime areas on the hundred-mile-long by thirty-fi ve-mile-wide main island, and US armed forces have conducted hazardous missile testing...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 28–58.
Published: 01 February 2006
.... These crossings include migration for labor, which, in the case of Barbadian and other blacks who helped build het Panama Canal, resulted in the settling of blacks in Latin America. They also include tourism. In a 1995 trip ot Costa Rica, I observed that many blacks in the port city Limon, descendants of those...