The Case of Kid Chicle

Jana K. Lipman

in Guantanamo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255395
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942370 | DOI:
The Case of Kid Chicle

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Lino Rodriguez Grenot decided to set his sights on the base in December 1940. Rodriguez was twenty-seven years old, black, unemployed, and a boxer known as “Kid Chicle.” He was born in Santiago de Cuba and lived a marginal existence in Guantánamo. He supported himself by means of boxing, but he was just as likely to be selling lottery tickets and trinkets in the streets. Rodriguez's best hope for work in Caimanera was with the Frederick Snare Corporation, a private company that had won the U.S government contract to enlarge the base. At first, the Snare Corporation had ferried workers back and forth between Caimanera's docks and GTMO on its own private launches, but job rivalry and barely suppressed violence made this unsustainable. Like many hopeful workers, Rodriguez arrived in Caimanera without the coveted pass, and so he waited jobless on the docks.

Keywords: Kid Chicle; Caimanera; Snare Corporation; docks; Santiago de Cuba

Chapter.  12915 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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