The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal
by Lydia M. Reid
Julie Greene, Labor Historian and author at University of Maryland, has recently synthesized the history of American expansion through the completion and operation of the Panama Canal in her excellent analysis:
The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal
It is an exceptional read and we took the liberty of reprinting the synopsis of her book below from the pages of the AFL-CIO web site entitled Lessons from the Panama Canal. Our thanks to them. Continue reading
Image: A Pay Car in Colon on payday for “Silver Workers 1910.
The appellative “Silver” comes from the Gold and Silver Roll system implemented by the American administrators of the Canal Zone in 1904 and enforced by the American government from the very beginning of what is historically known as the American Construction Era of the Panama Canal Zone which spanned the years 1904-1914.
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Tagged Black Americans, Construction Era, Jim Crow, Panama Canal, payroll systems, segregation, Silver and Gold Roll System, West Indians, White Americans